In this research on Urbanization – A problem to Food Production
and Agricultural development in Enugu State, effort were made to address issues
that are related to the problems, cause, effects, challenges, practice and
solutions to the future management as it Concerns man and his environment and
his economic system, health security as well as food through agriculture and
its related sectors.
However, urbanization has been the problem of the world today especially in
Enugu State it has taken its stand through the regional development which was
enhanced by Evolution of Industrial Technologies, coupled with migration
population movement of the people, which contributed grossly to the problem
facing food and Agriculture in the state.
These has been found as the major causes of food scarcity,
disease, hunger and other related environmental hazards across the state.
Furthermore, there is need for an legend attention to be given as
to arrest its havoc and by may doing. Create a good system of equitable redistribution
of technological method to agricultural sector, and provide funding to all the
sectors. And to check mate the raising harzard which Urbanization
Constitutes in our environment today.
1.1 Background of Study
1.2 Statement of Problem
1.3 Objective of Study
1.4 Scope of Study
1.5 Significant of Study
1.6 Research Question
2.1 Literature Review
2.2 Agriculture Products Distribution Markets
2.3 The Signs of Agriculture Backwardness
2.4 Price of Food Crisis in our markets
2.5 Urbanization And Food Supply Easis
3.0 Research Methodology
3.1 Research Design
3.2 Area of Study
3.3 Population of Study
3.4 Sample and Sampling Technique
3.5 Instrument for data Collection
3.6 Valuation of Research Instrument
3.7 Sources of data Collection
3.8 Method of Data Collection
3.9 Method of data analysis
4.0 Results, Analysis and presentation of data
4.1 Table of facilitators
4.2 Table (A) Questionnaire number Distributed
4.3 Table A/ Participants
4.4 Table (B) Questionnaires distributed and
returned from participants.
4.5 Table (C) Analysis of age brackets of
4.6 Table (D) Qualification of Interest Groups
4.7 Table (E) Responses of respondents Opion on
Causes and spread of Urbanization.
4.8 Table (F) Causes effect to Food production and Agricultural
4.9 Table (G) Testing the level of awareness.
4.10 Table (H) Testing level of Participation.
4.11 Testing of Hypothesis.
5.1 Discussion of findings
5.2 Causes effects of urbanization
5.3 Effects Urbanization to food Production man and
5.4 The Failure of Agricultural sectors
5.5 Recommendation and Conclusion.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY:
In this study, we are focusing on two major issues, which are
closely related to one aspect of development that has posed a great threat to
the other and can easily engulf it. If adequate attention is not given to
arrest and manage each problem as it concerns the other.
In this topic, the problem here rests on urbanization-a PROBLEM TO
FOOD PRODUCTION AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN ENUGU STATE.
In definition, the word Urbanization are derived from the former
word urban, which were mainly known as a place where different people with
different interest from other parts of the services in Country or state
exchange goods and services in Common, with higher concentration of people
dwelling in such place for their enormous activities. The latter
Urbanization is based on the larger development of certain environment in our
society, for example, State, Local Towns and Villages by higher Concentration
of people and infrastructures, such as high network roads, school, markets Churches,
hospitals offices, Industries, railways and airports factories communication
outfits, as well as dwelling places, which were enhanced by evolution of
While the other food production and Agricultural Development were
based on natural resources.
Surrounding Our environment, for example, rich fertile Soil,
Plants crops, animals of all kind and other minerals that system the people in
their given environment.
However it has been a problem based on inability to produce enough
food materials and to the sustainability of its growth and development in our
Society as enough consideration has not been given to our natural and physical
resources another agricultural sector.
Today, due to high rate of Urbanization in Enugu State and its environs,
most natural and physical elements that promote good health and agricultural –
occupational development of the economic well being of the people are easily
neglected to Urbanization and its socio-politics-economic pursuits.
In recent past as the activities of trade merchants increased in
certain towns, such places were placed to be the seat of authority, so as to
maintain law and order and to regulate rules, which will guide the people,
especially for collection of taxes in such areas.
Basically, the advent of technology which come to stay completed
more people to focus on new ideas of sustaining a living, and people also began
to develop by increasing mental knowledge, thereby Greating more easy going
In any way, this did not go down well especially in Enugu State,
because of lack of equal redistribution of technological ideas to different
sectors, of the people.
Even through among the institutions of higher learning, in the
state, eg. Institute of management and technology (I.M.T) Enugu, University of
Science and Technology (ESUT) Enugu, University of Nigeria Nuskka etc.
In these mentioned institutions there are faculties of
Agricultural Science and Engineering, where brilliant students of this state
are produced every year for agricultural practices, these brilliant students
have been neglected and due to lack of motivation and support, some have gone
beyond teaching and joined the train of get-rich-quick syndrome, as a result of
failure to redistribute equally the dividends of technology to agriculture for
growth and production development.
In fact, more reasons than earlier said brought in this problem on
food production and agricultural backwardness in the state, to mention but a
few, lack of manpower resources, poor plaint and none recognition of the
importance of agriculture by the authority in power.
Even the existing places for food and agricultural produce were
exposed to environment disasters and insecurity to timber merchants,
through bush burring and deforestation and uncontrolled erosion took
another stage .Rating does into so man heaters of farm lands. Although in
Recent past ,there had been a programmes unrich in every state of the awareness
on agriculture of all sector.
For instance, the operation Feed Nation were introduced and
luched on every state of the Federation on September 1979, by the then Head of
States Gen. Olusegen Obasenjo.
The queen revolution also were introduced followed by Operation
feed yourselves. However the activities of this said programes did
not in any way created any impact on food production and Agricultural
development in the state because it either ended up on radio broadcast, news
papers head lines reports and television broadcast news, why because it
did not touch ground.
Infact, it lacked mobilization, motivation, and direction of any
aspect. There were no infrastructure mapped out in place to mutate these
ideas being carried out to reach the people in their different
Most of the existing farms were only regional farms under Enugu
State Agricultural development projects. Created then by Federal
government during the last boad on agriculture sector of economy in early 70’s.
These farms were located at Uzouwani Adani (Farm settlement site)
Amagunze in Nkanu and Nenwe farm site, respectively.
These farms were located to take care of food production in the
eastern part of the country were not adequately equipped to meet the rising
demand and supply of food and some agricultural produce.
Migration and political instability has turned these farms into
individual efforts on production and subsistensive farming took the role
moreover, owing to urbanization and civilization migration of young ones to
major cities brought a change into the number one economic foundation of the
state and the nation as well. Going through the state of 14 local
government Areas with a teaming population of 2, 124, 974 as at 1991, with a
projection number of 2,381, 113 persons as at 2004 population census, a total
number in different occupation shows a collective number of 70,567,097 in 5
identified occupations, (U) professional technical and related workers,
Administrative and managerial workers. Clerical and related worker, sales
workers transport equipment’s operators and labourers, as well as agricultural,
animal husbandry, forestry workers, fishermen, and hunters and other
Occupations that cannot be adequately defined Investigation through research
shows a very low rate of peoples participation in Agriculture and its
An admiring law rate of about 8, 821,87 number of participants
given to Enugu state Agricultural and other related workers. This state
of down wardness is a problem and challenges today given to the rising rate of
food scarcity, which brought in hunger, disease, hunger malnutrition, death
among the learning population of the citizens of Enugu State organ and their
The State food Supply have decreased to a point where for and
other Agricultural produce commodities are being supplied by other states like,
Ebonyi state and parts of Northern, states local markets, in different towns
and Communities little r nothing to deliver to the state urban markets due to
the diminishing factors of production like, initial capital support of man
power, equipment’s, as they still practice traditional method of farming, all
this accounts, to urbanization, which geared every young and old,
their educated and the uneducated either migrate to the bigger cities in
pursuit of these activities that was brought in by urbanization and its
socio-politico-economic drive, which today has dominated the entire race.
Today a lot of families can hardly afford three square means,
owing to high cost of food.
Even with minimum wages paid to civil servant both in the state
and federal has no value in our markets due to high cost of food commodities,
why, because those who doesn’t participant at all in Agriculture are greater in
number, and even the remaining Agricultural workers are mainly the very aging
one lets in some rural areas.
In most cases, the younger age of about 5-9 years in some rural
areas were exposed to child labour and exploitation by their poor parents of
mostly widows while the ages bracket of 15-39 and 40 to 50 are either engaging
in other artisan jobs are trading, so as to meet up with the demanding
rate of hand living.
Those that keeps the courage to participate fully as farmers are
only to be dies courage owing to high cost of labour and poor output,
because of their crude method and lack of manpower, thereby giving a low output
of agricultural and food production, for the circulation of the populace in
This have become a dilemma of a people of rich agricultural
heritage owing to urbanization and its trends of development in Enugu.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Enugu State has come a long way in area of urbanization. She
has witnessed urbanization ever before and after the Nigeria a independence in
Enugu State was the seat and the capital of then eastern
Nigeria-province, from where other five states created, viz Imo and early
Anambra State in 1976 by the then head of states Gen. Murtala Mohamed. Followed
with the creation of Akwa-Ibo State in the year 1981, and yet another State
The emergence of Enugu as a capital state resulted from another
creation of Ebonyi state in 1996 by Gen. SANI ABACHA.
Research indicated that from the on set Enugu being the capital of
the Eastern region has been highly urbanized, due to regional development
allocations which spread in different areas of Enugu and its local government
areas. E.g. railway Station higher Institution of learning e.g,
University of Nigeria-Nsukka, Campus, Enugu campus, National Television
Authority, (N.T.A) Nigeria Air Ways Authority (NAW) Nigeria Tele Communication
Ltd (NITEL) FRCN Federal Cooperation of Nigeria, Coal mining Enugu and other
environmental developments, which has affiliates in almost every Geo-political
Zones of the State.
The forces of developments brought in the spread of urbanization
to Enugu State and its environs with wide spread of salute towns that harbour
the teaming population of people dwelling in the different localities as well
those who migrate to into the state from different states, towns across the
eastern part of the country.
Notably, Enugu state in recent past, have been the happening place
across the Niger where everyone comes around for a greener pasture. I has
been a place to pick up a golden egg. Little did those who were coming in
from other states contribute Agricultural, as they were all participating in other
related occupation, enhanced by industrial been notable and its
complex induced incentives, which threw a great challenge to agriculture and
food production, and because adequate attention and recognition were not given
to this aspect of development in time, urbanization which was influenced by
complex innovation in technology caused a serious loss of focus to agricultural
sector in Enugu state.
And as such the people of the state from different localities
began to abandon even their little farmlands and joined the chase on
socio-politico and techno induced economic activities around their own given
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
1. To ascertain agricultural and food production
growth and development strategies in Enugu State.
2. To evaluate the implementation of equal
technological distribution plan towards the developing of agricultural sector
3. To enhance equal and good environment planning
on every aspect of development in Enugu State
4. To create awareness of food scarcity and
strategies for ensuring food security of the State.
5. To encourage the people of the state and the
Government top invest more on Agriculture.
1.4 THE SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of this study covers two inevitable aspects of
developments, that controls every environment today, both of physical and
natural, which is urbanization and agricultural production, their
problems, practices, challenges, cause effect, and management in Enugu state.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
1. Enugu State will benefit from the research
findings as it will help the state, through its environmental planning and
2. The government of the state will by more
conscious of the problem and need of the people and equal development
3. It well warm the people of the danger posed
today and in future if they abandon Agriculture and chase after other
4. The information on urbanization trends towards
our natural living and integrity of our people will be arrested.
5. The ideas communicated will be useful for
students and lectures and other researchers as well as the general public.
1.6 RESEARCH QUESTIONS:
The following research questions are formulated to determine the
direction for this study.
1. What are level of peoples participation on this
two developments, as regards to changes in occupation of the people.
2. What determines the real effects which
urbanization could have caused food production and Agricultural development.
The word urbanization, is the total change.
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