Evaluation of the Personnel and Physical Infrastructure of Fish Farms in Minna and Its Environs
This study evaluated the fish farming facilities in Minna and its environs. Fifteen (15) fish farms were surveyed. Structured questionnaire were used to collect data from the sampled fish farms. The analytical technique used was percentile value. It was evidently discovered that ninety three percent (93%) of the fish farms were owned private individuals. It revealed that eighty five percent (85%) of the fish farm proprietors were males, while fifteen percent (15%) were females. These studies revealed that eighty percent (80%) of the fish farms have one or two trained staff, while twenty percent (20%) have no trained staff. Data also showed that ninety percent (90%) of the workers were males. The study showed that all the farms have access roads. In addition to this, sixty seven percent (67%) of the fish farms were close to market places. All the farms except one were fenced. Seventy three percent (73%) of the fish farms operate both public and private power supply sources. The data further revealed that sixty percent (60%) of the farms used both earthen ponds and plastic tanks while all were found to use concrete ponds. Few (13%) of the fish farms were also found to use digitized measuring scales while majority (87%) used manual measurement scales, accounting to eighty seven percent (87%). The study showed that only fifty three percent (53%) of the farms had Hammer Milling machines while others have none. Related to this, was that seventy three percent (73%) of the farms have pelleting machine. Other facilities were below fifty percent availability.
Keywords: Evaluation, fish farm, personnel, infrastructure, Minna, environs