Information Needs of Fish-Feed Entrepreneurs in Kainji Lake Basin Nigeria

  • Godfrey Onyekachukwu Nwabeze National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
  • Bamidele A Ibeun National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
  • Sunday Faleke National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
  • Eunice N Belonwu College of Education P.M.B 2090, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria
  • Chris A Igene Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
  • Kalu I Ogbonna University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
  • Victor A Nwanjoku The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Alex Ighoro Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Abstract

      This study examined information needs of fish-feed entrepreneurs in the Kainji Lake Basin, Nigeria. The objectives of the study are to examine the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, identify extension needs of the respondents, determine the profitability of fish feed production and identify challenges in fish feed enterprise. Multistage sampling technique was used to select twenty-nine respondents for the study. Semi-structured interview schedule was employed for data collection. Data were analysed using percentages, mean, standard deviation and cost analyses function. The study revealed that 41.4% of the respondents were within the age bracket 40-44 years with mean age of 41 years. Majority (93.1%) of the respondents were married with 48.2% of the respondents having educational qualification beyond secondary level.  The challenges of operating fish feed enterprise in the area were high cost of fish meal (mean=3.76, SD= 0.51), lack of access to credit (mean=3.48, SD= 0.74) and lofty cost of operating milling machine (mean=2.93, SD= 3.70).  The profitability analysis for investing in fish feed enterprise revealed that the gross margin per unit fish feed was ₦49.85. The respondents require information from extension on access to credit facility and training on cost effective fish feed formulation.  Therefore linkage with credit sources and training skill on fish feed formulation should be incorporated into fisheries training to ensure effective extension delivery system.

Author Biographies

Godfrey Onyekachukwu Nwabeze, National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
Socio Economics and ExtensionChief Research Officer
Bamidele A Ibeun, National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
Socio Economics and ExtensionResearch Officer I
Sunday Faleke, National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) PMB 6006, New Bussa, Niger state
Socio Economics and ExtensionResearch Officer II
Eunice N Belonwu, College of Education P.M.B 2090, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria
Department of AgricultureLecturer
Chris A Igene, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
Department of Agricultural Economics and ExtensionLecturer
Kalu I Ogbonna, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Department of Agricultural ExtensionProfessor
Victor A Nwanjoku, The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Department of Social Change and DevelopmentPhD Student
Alex Ighoro, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication TechnologyPhD Student
Published
2017-10-07
How to Cite
NWABEZE, Godfrey Onyekachukwu et al. Information Needs of Fish-Feed Entrepreneurs in Kainji Lake Basin Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, [S.l.], v. 21, n. 3, oct. 2017. ISSN 2408-6851. Available at: <https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/1096>. Date accessed: 04 aug. 2021.
Section
General Extension and Teaching Methods

Keywords

Information, extension, fish feed, Kainji lake basin