ASSESSMENT OF FISH FARMERS' ACCESSIBILITY TO EXTENSION SERVICES IN BORGU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NIGER STATE, NIGERIA.

Author(s): Uyamasi, I.M., Jubril, A.E. and Ajiboye, O.O
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 1 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

There have been reports of dwindling fish production in Nigeria despite the favorable environment particularly in Niger state Availability of extension information is believed to be a remedy for any agricultural related problem hence scarcity of information on access to agricultural extension information by farmers in Niger State A total of 120 respondents were selected using a multistage sampling technique and s structured interview schedule was used to collect data Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chisquare Majority 917 were males and were between the age ranges of 21 30 while 342 had educational level above secondary education Fish farming was the primary occupation 683 while 717 cultured catfish 958 used earthen pond 50 earned between 50 000 70000 per harvest Based on the results on ranking farmerfarmer friends institute of fisheries and extension agent 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th ranking respectively The fish farmers had high access to pond designing and construction mean score 233 identification of suitable sites mean score 238 and selection of fish species mean score 243 while information on fish sorting mean score 183 fish sexing mean score 166 breeding mean score 178 and record keeping mean score 180 had low access The study concludes that extension services are lacking in the production aspect of fish farming in the study area and extra efforts are needed in providing information on every stage of fish production without having detrimental effect on different stages of production.

KEYWORDS:

Accessibility, Extension Services, Fish Production, Information, Perception.