SKILLS REQUIRED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES FOR SUCCESS IN GROUNDNUT PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ENTERPRISE FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN ENUGU STATE
The study examined the skills required by secondary school graduates in Enugu State for success in groundnuts production and marketing enterprise for poverty alleviation. It examined the skills required for planning, site selection, planting and marketing of
groundnut: Four research questions in line with the purpose guided the study. The population for the study was 144, comprising of 43 groundnutfarmers and 101 extension agents. No sampling was made because the population was manageable. The study area
was Enugu State. Enugu State has seventeen (17) local government areas and each local government area is an agricultural zone. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire which contained 41 skill items. Mean was used to answer the research questions, while t test statistic was used to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. It was found that the nine (9) identified skills on planning, ten (10) on site selection and land preparation, thirteen (13) on skills for planting and field management and eight (8) on marketing were the skills required for groundnut production by secondary school graduates. The hypothesis test on site selection and land preparation had no significance difference. The hypothesis was not rejected. It was recommended that the identified skills in groundnut production be utilized by teachers to teach students in secondary schools of Enugu State.