Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094

January 2013 Vol. 2(1): pp. 023-028

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Effect of Productive Inputs of Pond Fish Production on the Output of Fish in Owerri Agricultural Zone of Imo State, Nigeria.

Nwosu, C.S. and Onyeneke, R.U.

 

Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, Imo State University Owerri

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: robertonyeneke@yahoo.com

Accepted 19 January, 2013

 

Abstract

The study focused on effect of productive inputs of pond fish production on the output of fish in Owerri Agricultural Zone of Imo State, Nigeria. A total of forty pond fish farmers selected through a random sampling effort were interviewed using questionnaire. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis. The average age of the fish farmers was 59.7 years, majority (62.50%) of the fish farmers were males, majority (47.50%) of the fish farmers had tertiary education, average fish farming experience of the farmers was 5.4 years, and majority (85.00%) of the fish farmers were married. From the regression result, four regression coefficients were significantly and positively signed (pond size, feed consumed, start up capital and stock rate) related fish farming output. Majority 60.00%, 52.50%, 50.00% and 45.00% of the pond fish farmers reported that inadequate finance, high cost of feeds, scarcity of good sources of fingerlings and high cost of transportation respectively were their major constraints to increased pond fish production. Hence, for increased production of fish in the study area, these constraints must be reduced to the barest minimum. It is recommended that policies be directed to the establishment of commercial pelleted and floating fish feed mills, modern fish hatcheries, provision of credit facilities, provision of adequate infrastructural facilities and intensification of extension services. Government should provide good feeder roads so that this produce can be transported easily and cheaply into areas where they are not produced.

Keywords: productive inputs, output, pond fish, multiple regression, constraints.  

 

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