Entrepreneurial skills required by women retirees for processing of pineapple fruit into juice as a sustainable business in Enugu state, Nigeria
This paper identified entrepreneurial skills required by women retirees for processing of pineapple fruit into juice as a sustainable business in Enugu State, Nigeria. Three research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. The study made use of survey research design. The population for the study was 184 made up of 11 local pineapple processors and 173 teachers of Home Economics in Enugu State, Nigeria. A 32-skill item questionnaire was used for data collection. The questionnaire was validated by three experts. Split-half technique and Pearson product moment correction method were used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument. A reliability coefficient of 0.89 was obtained. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions and t-test statistics was used to test the hypothesis. It was found that women retirees required 9 skills in planning for pineapple fruit processing business, 16 in processing pineapple fruit into juice and 7 in marketing of pineapple juice. It was recommended that the identified skills be used to retrain women retries in pineapple fruit processing business.
Keywords: women retirees, processing, entrepreneurial, skills