Study Shows Farmer Training Improves Poultry Income24 July 2013
NIGERIA - A new study shows that all training programmes are correlated with the poultry farmer's income in Kogi state, with the effect being significant for extension training and formal education.
According to study's authors, S.J. Ibitoye of Kogi State University and J.A. Onimisi of Kogi State College of Education, all the training programmes were positively related to farm income, while the effect was signficant for extension training and formal education.
In their paper published in International Journal of Poultry Science, they recommend that government should organise regular training for rural farmers as a way of improving their productivity.
The data used for the study were obtained using structured questionnaire and was administered to 200 poultry extension contact farmers. Descriptive statistics, percentages, sigma scoring and multiple regression models were used to analyse the data.
The study revealed that majority of the poultry contact farmers were males (95.50 per cent). The average birds per farmers was found to be 380 birds, while the mean age, farming experience and farm income were 46 years, nine years and 185,000 naira (NGN), respectively.
Frequency of participation in training programmes revealed that extension training has the highest level of frequency followed by formal education.
The sigma scores recorded for both extension training (5.950) and formal education (5.974), confirmed the high level of usage of the two training programmes.
The regression results to determine the effect of the training programmes on the productivity of poultry farmers showed that all the training programmes were positively related to farmer's income. Only extension training (7.305) and formal education (3.310) were significantly related to farmer's income.
Ibitoye S.J. and J.A. Onimisi. 2013. Influence of training on farmer's productivity in poultry production in Kogi State, Nigeria. Int. J. Poult. Sci., 12 (4): 239-244.
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