American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Acceptance and Sustainability of Contract Farming Among Youth in Malaysia

Jeffrey L. D'Silva, Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril, Jegak Uli and Bahaman Abu Samah

DOI : 10.3844/ajabssp.2010.350.356

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Volume 5, Issue 3

Pages 350-356

Abstract

Problem statement: Contract farming is one of the agriculture branches that is ready to be discovered for its huge potential and it is perceived as a new dimension which offers agricultural sustainability. But do the youth as the pillar of this sector do accept agriculture? Thus, this study would like to discover factors that affect acceptance of youth towards contract farming in Malaysia. Approach: This is a quantitative study using a survey form. Data was gathered from 400 undergraduates studying in various tertiary institutions and were analyzed using the PASW software. The data collection process took two months to be completed. Results: Results depict that the respondents studied have a high and positive acceptance towards contract farming. Based on the analysis performed, factors of attitude, knowledge and belief are significant predictors of acceptance towards contract farming. Conclusion/Recommendations: It is believed that the findings of this study would add new perspective on understanding the complexities associated with agricultural sustainability among youth. Results gained provide a sign for policy makers to utilize education as a tool to increase youths’ positive attitude towards farming. Based on the results it is recommended that more specific courses related to contract farming can be exposed at the tertiary level in order to enhance youth’ awareness and acceptance towards contract farming. Eventually, this would set the direction into getting more youth to be involved in innovative farming activities and in the end it would make agriculture to be attractive and maintain its sustainability.

Copyright

© 2010 Jeffrey L. D'Silva, Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril, Jegak Uli and Bahaman Abu Samah. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.