Factors, Labour, Non-farm Sub-sector, Households, Adamawa State, Nigeria.
The study was carried out on the socio-economic factors influencing labour supplied to the non-farm sub-sector by households in Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria. Data were obtained using structured questionnaire. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select the respondents. A total of 100 households were randomly and proportionately selected from the wards for the analysis. Descriptive statistics and regression model were used as analytical tools. The results indicate that about 38% of the farming household members were between the age group of 36-45 years, majority (72%) were male while, 28% were female. Most 52% had less than 20 years experience in farming. The findings also reveal that most 54% of the farming household members attended tertiary education. Majority (60%) cultivated less than 1 hectare of land. The results of the regression analysis reveal that educational level had negative coefficient, while occupation had positive coefficient and are all significant at 1% level respectively. Also farming experience and gender have positive coefficients, while marital status had negative coefficient and are all significant at 5% level respectively. It was recommended that government should come up with a law to guide, protect and manage the non-farm sub-sector to ensure sustainable source of income to farming households,
agricultural extension agents should educate farmers on the role of the non-farm sub-sector as a means of rising financial capital and employment; and policy makers should design policies and pragrammes that will address issues on non-farm activities as a means of creating favourable conditions to reduce poverty among farming households.
Keywords: Factors, Labour, Non-farm Sub-sector, Households, Adamawa State, Nigeria.