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Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (JASAE)
Journal ID : JASAE-09-02-2024-300
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Title : Awareness and Fish Farming Technologies usage among Fish Farmers in Nasarawa State, Nigeria
by Joshua B. Ogunremi, Mariyamoh M. Onimisi, Abolupe O. Ayanboye, Yetunde E. Ajibade, Simon A. Adesina, Aladi L. Shaibu,
Abstract : The study assessed awareness and fish farming technologies usage among fish farmers in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was used to select ninety available fish farmers in Lafia and Keffi Local Government areas from the list of registered fish farmers obtained from Agricultural Development Project Headquarters in the State. Data were obtained through structured interview scheduled which were analyzed using frequency counts and percentages while Chi square and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) was used to test level of significant relationship among the variables (p<0.005). The majority (76.7%) of the respondents was male; greater proportion (41.1%) was between 31-40 years of age, majority (60%) was married. For the education, majority (44.4%) had Tertiary education while 72.2% have fish farming as their primary occupation. However, 56.7% had contact with extension agents on quarterly basis. The majority of the respondents agreed that they were aware of most of the innovations available in fish farming; liming and fertilization of ponds (94.4%), water inlet and outlet devices (91.1%). Perceived benefits of innovations were expansion of fish farm size ( =3.82) and reduction in fish mortality =3.63). Major innovations used by fish farmers are fertilization of ponds (94.4%), inlet and outlet devices (91.1%). There is a significant relationship between awareness of fish farming technologies and usage among fish farmers (p<.0001). The study concluded that awareness of fish farming technologies enhanced its usage among the fish farmers in the study area. Efforts at sustaining the level of usage recorded should be put in place.

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