Use of Technical Information among Pig Farmers in Abia State, Nigeria: Empirical Analyses
The study investigated the level of use of technical information among pig farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study described the socioeconomic characteristics of the farmers, ascertained the level of use of technical information and determined the level of influence of some socioeconomic variables on the use of technical information among pig farmers in the area. Purposive and multistage random sampling techniques were used in drawing sixty (60) pig farmers for the study. Data collected were analysed using both inferential and descriptive statistics such as Ordinary Least Square Regression, frequency counts, percentages and mean scores. From the result, a grand mean score of 2.83 shows that the level of use of technical information among pig farmers is low in the area. At P˂0.05, Stock size with a t-ratio of 1.878, Farming experience (-1.984**), Household size (2.251**) and Level of extension contact (-5.420**) all had significant influence on the use of technical information by the pig farmers. The study recommends formation of pig farmers into cooperative groups and conscious efforts at improving livestock extension by all extension agencies, to improve access to and use of innovations for enhanced prig production in the study area.
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