Analysis of the impact of agro-allied industries on the standard of living of rural dwellers in Benue state, Nigeria.
The study examined the impact of agro-allied industries on standard of living of rural dwellers in Benue State, Nigeria. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select the respondents for study. Primary data were collected through the use of structured questionnaires administered on 366 respondents from the selected communities in the study area. The data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Respondents who lived in areas where agro-allied industries were present had more personal means of transportation (motor cycle 32.6%, accessed private hospitals (34.3%) and used boreholes as a source of portable water (12.4%) than respondents in areas there were no agro-allied industries. The major challenges posed on rural dwellers by agro-allied industries as indicated by factor analysis were noise pollution (0.643), air pollution (0.568), loss of rural dwellers land (0.560), crop hazard (0.499) and social ills (0.410). It was recommended that agro allied industries managers should ensure that certain infrastructural facilities such as schools, electricity, hospitals, good roads and potable water are provided for the people who are residing where the industries are situated. Government should mandate all private and public agro-allied industries to embark on projects that would be in favor of the rural dwellers where the agro-allied industries are situated. To prevent challenges like noise pollution, air pollution, water pollution and hazards to crops, agro-allied industries should be sited very far from residential houses.
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