Differentials in Adoption of Improved Fisheries Technologies among Fish Farmers in Nigeria
The study was carried out in Benue, Nassarawa and Kogi States of Nigeria to assess the adoption of improved fisheries technologies. Fish farmers were the respondents for the study and selected using multistage sampling techniques which involved stratified, purposive and simple random sampling techniques. A total of three hundred and twenty five (325) respondents were used for the study. Structured questionnaire was employed to collect the required data while descriptive and inferential statistics were used for the data analysis. The results of the analysis revealed that majority (66.46 %) of the respondents were males. The mean age of respondents was 48 years and majority of them were married (85.85 %). Most of the respondents had formal education (98.77%), while their mean household size was five persons. They had average income from fish farming of N208,884 per production cycle while their mean fish stock was 321 fishes. The common sources of information were from extension agents and cooperative association. Results also revealed the existence of very high adoption level of improved fisheries technologies across th5e States except for technologies such as fish sex reversal (39.38%) and induced fish breeding (49.85%). High cost of technologies (0.4867*), inadequate access to extension services (0.6327*), complexity of technologies (0.5742**) among others were identified as significant constraints associated with improved fisheries technologies adoption. Logistic regression shows that household size was negative and fish was positive and had significant relationship with adoption at 10%. This study therefore recommends that extension agents make available good, high yielding and improved breed of fish stock with prolific value to ensure full adoption technologies among fish farmers.
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