Accepted 8th February, 2021.
This study assessed the challenges to farmer’s entrepreneurship developmentin kebbi State, Nigeria. Specifically, this paper described the characteristics of the respondents, identified the characteristics of enterprises the respondents engaged in, and examined their challenges to entrepreneurship development in the study area. Structured interview schedule was used to collect relevant data from 165 farmers selected through multi-stage sampling procedure across 6 local government areas of kebbi state. Descriptive statistics was employed to analyze the data. Most (82.8%) of the farmer entrepreneurs were married, and had less than secondary education (82.8%). Also the mean age, household size and annual income was 39.8 and N208, 759.38 respectively. Furthermore, the majority (81%) did not belong to any business associations. Processing and marketing was the major type of business engaged in by many farmers (58.8%) as sole proprietor (87.9%). Persistence, commitment to work contract, and risk – taking ranked highest with a mean score of 2.55, 2.47 and 2.40, respectively along the farmer entrepreneurs. Lack of start-up capital (95%), poor infrastructural facilities (93%), and inadequate access to relevant data (89%) were the major challenges to farmers’ entrepreneurship development. Various levels of government should create conducive social and physical infrastructural environments to catalyze entrepreneurship advancement in the study area.
Keywords: Challenges, Farmers, Entrepreneurship Development, Kebbi State