PAPER TITLE :ADOPTION OF IMPROVED FISHERIES TECHNOLOGIES AMONG FISH FARMERS IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 22 NUMBER 2 2017

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : Olaoye, O.J.
  • Abstract:

This study investigated the adoption of improved fisheries technologies (IFT) among fish farmers in Ogun State. One hundred
and twenty fish farmers were sampled from the four agricultural zones (Abeokuta, Ikenne, Ijebu-Ode and Ilaro) of Ogun State
Agricultural Development Programme using the multistage sampling technique. Data were analysed with both descriptive
and regression analysis. Results revealed that the fish farmers had good contacts with extension workers and therefore
positively perceived the extension services on fish farming. The fish farmers positively perceived the adoption of IFT. The
different disseminated IFT received varied levels of adoption depending on the extent to which each of the technologies
benefited the fish farmers after adopting them. Results of regression analysis revealed that fish farmers’ secondary
occupation (β=-0.324, p=0.003), annual income level (β=-0.471, p=0.035), cost of pond construction (β=0.477, p=0.018)
and total profit realized (β=-0.466, p=0.023) were significant predictors of the fish farmers’ adoption of IFT with an R2
implying that 46.0% of the variability in the fish farmers’ adoption of improved aquaculture technologies is explained by the
socio-economic and production characteristics of the fish farmers. In conclusion, the adoption of IFT was highly depended
on the fish farmers’ socio-economic characteristics, the quality of extension workers and the effectiveness of extension
services disseminated to fish farmers, characteristics of IFT as well as institutional factors. It is therefore recommended that
extension agencies should take the fish farmers’ socio-economic characteristics into consideration while disseminating IFTs
through a more effective extension service delivery in order to raise the adoption and continued use of IFTs.
Key words: Artisanal, Aquaculture, Discontinued, Fisheries, Fish gears