Consumption pattern of beef: A survey of selected meat retail shops in Ilorin, Kwara state
The study analyzed the pattern of beef consumption behavior among a
sample of 179 consumers who patronize meat retail shops in Ilorin metropolis, Kwara State. The influences of various socio-economic factors on quantity of beef consumed per month by households were estimated using OLS. Level of education of household head. household income. and household size were found to be statistically significant variables explaining variation in beef consumption. Household size and household income elasticity· s were estimated from the lead equation (double-log function) they were found to be 0.24 and 0.37 respectively. The study revealed that the vast majority of meat shop patrons were well-educated professionals and civil servants. This is probably due mainly to the relatively more hygienic and conducive atmosphere for buying meat provided by the meat retail shops. Standard measures in use also eliminated the time spent haggling in open markets.
KEYWORDS: Consumption, Beef, Meat retail shops