Greater Port Harcourt City Urbanization Project and Its Socio-economic Effect on Affected Farming Communities in Rivers State

Franklin Nlerum, Ezebunwo Wechie

Abstract


The study was on Greater Port Harcourt City urbanization project and its socio-economic effect on affected farming communities in Rivers State, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was used in selecting 100 farmers in farming communities affected by the project. Data were elicited with the interview schedule and analyzed with percentage and mean. The t-test was used in the test of hypothesis. Results indicated that the major social effects of the project on farming communities were conversion of farm land into building and road projects (85.00%) and reduced farm labor (70.00%). Those of economic effects were decreased agricultural output (70.00%) and high cost of land lease for agricultural production (64.00%). There was a significant difference between social and economic effects of the urban expansion project on farming communities. The study recommends the provision of farm reserved areas, enhanced environmental friendly activities, enhanced farm input supply, and provision of credit to reduce the cost of land lease for agriculture. 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jsr.v9i1.12552

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