ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL CHICKEN PRODUCTION IN KOGI STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Olobatoke, R. Y. College of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B., 205, Kabba, Kogi State, Nigeria
  • Mobayo, E. College of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B., 205, Kabba

Keywords:

Farmers, health, management, production, village chicken

Abstract

The paper provides valuable guide in defining relevant issues for addressing local chicken production system and identifying constraints of production in the study area. The study was carried out in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State. The study made use of primary data which were obtained through well-structured questionnaires and oral interview. Socioeconomic characteristics of the farmers showed that majority of the respondants 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.

Published

2023-01-07