International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.3 (10), pp. 377-381, October 2015
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 14/ID/JPR194/05/ pages
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Original Research Article
Evaluation of Local chicken production in Kogi State of Nigeria
1*Olobatoke Roseline ,1Mobayo Emmanuel and 2Mathuthu Manny
1College of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, Kabba, Nigeria.
2Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology, North West University, Mafikeng Campus, Mmabatho, South Africa
*Corresponding Author E-mail: yemisirose205(at)yahoo.com
The study was aimed at evaluating local chicken production system and identifying some constraints in the production. The study was carried out in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. Data collection was done mainly through structured questionnaires and oral interview. Socioeconomic characteristics of the farmers showed that majority of them were males within the risk taker age group (41 – 45 yrs), married and either had primary education or no formal education at all. Main production characteristics included small-sized flock, poor feeding schedule, selection of eggs for hatching from existing flocks resulting in in-breeding and lack of proper vaccination against diseases. The production system was also constrained by low chick survival rate, high disease prevalence particularly Newcastle disease during harmattan, lack of veterinary assistance and marketing problems such as inadequate on-farm patronage. In spite of the constraints, most of the farmers expressed satisfaction with their production incomes. This shows that local chicken production plays a significant role in the life of the smallholder farmers in the study area. There is therefore no doubt that improvements in the areas of health and management practices will go a long way in improving the efficiency of the enterprise as well as the income of the farmers.
Key words: Farmers, health, management, production, village chicken