Factors Influencing Farmers’ Participation in Fish Production in Lesotho

Authors

  • Montoeli Ashby Rantlo National University of Lesotho

Abstract

The study investigated the factors influencing smallholder farmers’ participation in fish farming in Lesotho. Multi-stage sampling techniques were used to select 400 farmers from whom data was collected through a semi-structured questionnaire. Descriptive analytic techniques and binary logistic regression were used to analyse for the objectives of the study. Results revealed that government support (0.030), lack of arable land (0.048) and social capital (0.040) enhanced participation in fish farming while membership in farmer group/association (0.042), path dependency (0.031) and culture (0.024) have a constraining effect on participation in fish farming in the country. Based on the results, it is concluded that institutional, technical and socioeconomic factors influence participation in this potential sector for economic growth. This analysis provides a much needed input into Lesotho’s policies on fish production systems which have mainly focused on labels such as ‘’economic’’ and ‘’profitability’’ without expressing factors determining participation in fish farming. In light of these, it is recommended that investment be made in infrastructure development and aquaculture based education, training and awareness programmes to improve fish farming in the country.

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2022-04-13

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Rantlo, M. A. (2022). Factors Influencing Farmers’ Participation in Fish Production in Lesotho . Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(2), 34–43. Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/3086

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