Awareness and Level of Adoption of Aquaculture Management Techniques in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria

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A. A. Ijah
O. N. Oladele
B. F. Ishola
J. T. Ayodele
U. F. Yahaya
S. Omodona
O. Olukotun

Abstract

The study investigated the awareness and level of adoption of aquaculture management techniques in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Purposive and random sampling techniques were adopted to select 60 fish farmers from the study area and data were collected from the fish farmers with the aid of well structured questionnaire administered to them face to face by the researchers and some trained enumerators. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as means score, percentage, tables, Likert scale and multiple regression analysis. The findings indicated that majority (60.00%) of the respondents were male, while 95.00% of the farmers were between the age of 21-60 years with 91.67% of the fish farmers educated and 61.67% of fish farmer are highly experienced with 6 years and above. The findings also revealed that majority of the farmers are aware of aquaculture management techniques in the study area with 70.00% getting information on these techniques from extension agents followed by 55.00% who relied on other fish farmers for relevant information about fish farming. The Likert scale result revealed that thirteen out of twenty – one aquaculture management techniques postulated were adopted while eight were not adopted implying that 61.90% of the postulated techniques were adopted by the fish farmers in the study area. The result of the regression analysis showed that level of awareness of techniques; access to credit facility and number of contact with extension agent were the three factors influencing adoption of aquaculture management techniques by the fish farmers in the study area. Lack of credits/ fund to adopt improved practice (75.00%), expensiveness of techniques (55.00%), complexity of techniques (55.00%), and lack of support from the government (51.67%), lack of adequate and proper information on these techniques (50.00%), lack of training (45.00%) and lack of awareness (33.33%) were identified as constraints affecting adoption of aquaculture management techniques in the study area. In conclusion, the study revealed that the farmers were aware and adopted good numbers of the aquaculture management techniques introduced to them The study recommends that farmers should establish cooperative society so that they can pool their resources and knowledge together in solving most of the problems identified.

Keywords:
Awareness, adoption, aquaculture management techniques, fish farmers, constraints, Igabi, Kaduna

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Ijah, A. A., Oladele, O. N., Ishola, B. F., Ayodele, J. T., Yahaya, U. F., Omodona, S., & Olukotun, O. (2020). Awareness and Level of Adoption of Aquaculture Management Techniques in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Research, 8(1), 14-29. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajfar/2020/v8i130129
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