Yusuf Iliyasu, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria.
Title: MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF FACTORS THAT INFLUENCES THE CHOICE OF AGRICULTURE AS A COURSE OF STUDY AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES.
I am a trained and certified teacher by profession. A BS degree holder in Agribusiness Management, MS in Agricultural Education and PhD in Agricultural Extension from Utah State University USA and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria respectively. Currently an Associate Professor of Agricultural Rxtension with the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria. My present job description involves teaching, research and extension sercice delivery.
This paper analyzes the factors that influence choice of courses among undergraduate students of agriculture in Nigerian universities. A total of 480 final year students of agriculture from twelve federal universities were randomly selected. Structured questionnaires were administered to sample the opinions of respondents in each of the universities. Data collected were analyzed using frequency distribution, chi-square, regression and correlation analyses, as well as analysis of variance and the Likert attitude scale. Results obtained revealed that undergraduate students of agriculture in Nigerian universities were mostly single (86.9%), males (65.9%) and between the ages of 21 – 30 years. The choice of agriculture as a course of study was mostly (70.3%) out of their interest. There was no relationship (p < 0.05) between parents’ type of occupation and students course of study. Furthermore, parents of the students are found to be literate (62.1%) with varying levels of tertiary education. There is a significant relationship (p < 0.05) between types of agricultural education and sex, while university type, age and marital status show no significant relationship. However, there is no significant relationship with university type, age sex and marital status. It is therefore recommended that government should encourage the study of agriculture by providing the enabling environment such as capital and land to enable fresh graduate take to agriculture as a business and a career.