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This research work focused on the determinants of off-farm labour participation decisions of farm households in Oyo Agricultural Developmental Zone (OYSADEP). Primary data were used mainly for the study. Questionnaires were administered to 110 respondents and this was supplemented by oral interview. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and logit regression model. Findings from the study revealed that the major off-farm activities in the study area are petty trading (48.2%), hair dressing (13.6%), selling of musical records (8.2%), blacksmithing (6.4%), and hand crafts (5.5%). The reasons for off-farm labour participation of the respondents showed that 84.5% participated to complement their income from farming, 12.7% participated because of self-interest while 2.7% participated because of seasonality in most of the agricultural activities. Majority (54.5%) of the farm households earned less than N20,000.00 and the mean value of their income was N23,608.00 per month. The factors that influenced off farm labour participation within farm households in the study area are year of formal education (P<0.05) of the respondents, household size (P<0.05) of the respondents, total off farm income (P<0.01) and area of farm land cultivated (P<0.01). The study concludes that, farmers should be encouraged to take up offfarm labour works to serve as a risk mitigating strategy. Participation in off farm labour is capable of regulating farmer’s returns in a risky environment such as obtained in agricultural production.
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