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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.6 (3), pp. 62-67, March 2018
ISSN 2354-4147

Socio-economic factors militating against rabbit meat consumption in Imo State, Nigeria: A study of Ihitte Uboma Local Government Council
Article Number: DRJA203641956
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJAFS.2018.1956

Original Research Article


Marcus, C. A. and Onyeonoro, Q. C.


Department of Animal Production and Health Technology, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author E-mail:  emmaocy@yahoo.com.


date Received: May 1, 2017     date Accepted: June 28, 2017     date Published: March 7, 2018

Abstract

The study was conducted in Ihitte -Uboma Local Government Council of Imo State, Nigeria. The objective of the study was to determine socio-economic factors militating against rabbit meat consumption: The research was qualitative and quantitative in nature. The proportionate random sampling method was used to collect data. The population comprised of smallholder rabbit farmers that kept 60 livestock. Data were collected by administering well-structured questionnaires to 50 rabbit farmers. Data collected were captured and analyzed using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS version 22 of 2013) to obtain frequency and descriptive statistics. Descriptive statistics results indicated experience in rabbit farming, management system used, source of farm capital, awareness created by government in retrospect to rabbit meat consumption, veterinary advice during disease outbreaks, litter size, the impact of rabbit consumption on the populace and awareness through media. The results also indicated that (50%) of the smallholder rabbit farmers would like to increase their livestock numbers. It was therefore recommended that extension and veterinary services should be strengthened in the study area. In addition, it was recommended that smallholder rabbit farmers should be encouraged to plant pastures to reduce pressure on the natural forage available throughout the year. Lastly, as a recommendation, government should provide subsidies with distribution policies that will ensure that all smallholder rabbit farmers can benefit.


Keywords: Socio-economic factors, rabbit meat consumption, smallholder farmers

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