ASSESSMENT OF GENDER ROLES IN FISH FARMING ACTIVITIES AMONG RURAL FARMERS IN AFIJIO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OYO STATE, NIGERIA

  • A.S. Adeoye Department of Agricultural Extension and Management, Federal College of Forestry, PMB. 5087, Jericho Hills, Ibadan
Keywords: Rural Farmers, Involvement, and Fish Farming

Abstract

The study was conducted to assess rural farmers' involvement in fish farming activities in Afijio Local
Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State, Nigeria. A systematic random sampling technique was used to select 103
respondents for the study. The data collected were analyzed with the use of descriptive and inferential statistics to
draw inferences between variables. The results showed that majority (70.9%) of the respondents were males
whom are within the age range of of 30-49 years. Males mainly engaged in technical aspects of post-harvest
practices such as filleting, gutting, and sticking, whereas, majority of the women engaged in frying, smoking, and
marketing of fish. The study revealed that age (χ²=9.25, P<0.05) and household size (χ²=9.256, P<0.05) were
related to involvement in fish farming. The result also revealed that there was significant relationship between
farmers' involvement in household activities (r= -0.317, p<0.01), post-harvest activities (r= 0.614, p<0.01) and
fish farming. The result also showed that farmers' post-harvest activities significantly correlated with their level
of involvement in fish farming. The major constraints militating against fish farming were lack of collateral
security, high cost of fish feed, and inadequate extension services. The study therefore, call for policies aimed at
more enlightenment campaigns to improve socio-economic well-being of farmers. Gender equality should also
be mainstreamed into fish production through effective training programs for rural farmers in Afijio LGA, Oyo
State, Nigeria.

Published
2020-08-30

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