Assessment of the fish demand pattern of households in Imo State, Nigeria

  • DO Ohajianya
  • SU Onyeagocha
  • CU Ibekwe


This study analyzes fish consumption patterns of households in Imo State, Nigeria using data from household budget survey conducted between December 2003 and December 2004. The Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA/AIDS) was employed to investigate the economic and demographic effects on the demand for three types of fish. Prices were adjusted for quality, and the demographic translation method was used to incorporate the demographic variables. Result showed that the demand for fresh fish, dried fish and iced fish were 0.09kg, 0.17kg and 0.34kg per day respectively. The estimated demand elasticities indicate that an increase in the expenditure on fish will change the structure of fish consumption in favor of fresh fish and dried fish, and against iced fish. Socio- demographic characteristics, education, age, sex and food consumed away from home significantly influence the pattern of fish demand. Because changes in socioeconomic variables are realized very slowly, their impact should be considered in long run planning.

Animal Production Research Advances Vol. 2(1) 2006: 23-27

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