Women fishing activities in rural communities of Epe Local Government area of Lagos State
AbstractThis study set out to determine the activities of women involved in fisheries production in Lagos State. The focus of the study was on the riverine area of Epe. Snow-ball technique was used to obtain a list of 239 fisherwomen out of which 50% of the them were randomly selected by ballot to give a total of 120 respondents.
The study revealed that majority of the respondents are married, still in their reproductive and active working age but do not see reason why they should be members of any organization. Result showed that income from sale of fish and its products are low and various types of fishing equipments are being used in catching fish. Women are not aware of fishery extension activities in the area and the fisherwomen faced different types of problems in their fishery activities. However, to improve fishery activities by women in the area, extension agents should organize training workshops for the women on how to construct and mend fishing nets and women should be encouraged to form organizations as inputs are better distributed through organised groups.
(Af J Livestock Extension: 2002 1: 50-54)