AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE AND UTILIZATION OF IMPROVED PIG PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES AMONG FARMERS IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

  • O.A. Maduka Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
Keywords: Utilization, Knowledge, Awareness, and Improved technology

Abstract

This study evaluated awareness, knowledge and utilization of improved pig production technologies among
farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. A multistage random sampling procedure was used to select57 pig farmers for the
study. Structured questionnaire and interview schedule were used to collect data which were analysed using
frequency counts, percentages, mean scores and Pearson's Product Moment Correlation analysis (PPMC). The
result of the study revealed that most of the respondents were males (73.7%), with average age of 36 years, 93.0%
were formally educated and 71.9% married. They had an average household size of 9persons, 7years of farming
experience and 54.4% had access to credit. The result further revealed that among the most important
technologies farmers were aware of include; vaccination and deworming (100% each) and control of ectoparasites
(91.2%).The respondents were very knowledgeable about deworming (3.74), vaccination (3.51) and
control of ecto-parasites (3.07). The grand mean of 2.66 indicate that the farmers were knowledgeable about the
improved pig production technologies in the study area. The result also showed that deworming (3.35) and
control of ecto-parasites (3.23) were the most utilized technologies and improved housing system (3.09). The
correlation coefficient of 0.483 indicates positive and significant relationship between level of knowledge and
utilization of the technologies. The results therefore call for policies aimed at training and re-training of farmers
to increase farmers' knowledge and skills for increased and sustained utilization of these technologies in the study
area.

Published
2020-04-30

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