Original Research Article
Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Production and Prices of Poultry Products in Delta State, Nigeria
Ogisi, O. D.
Ovwasa, O. J.
Article Number: DRJAFS80925783
Vol. 10(11) Pp. 268-274, November 2022
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This study evaluated effect of COVID-19 pandemic on production and prices of poultry products in Delta State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to: describe the socio-economic characteristics poultry farmers in the study area; determine the level of output and associated costs of poultry products before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and estimate the effect of smallholder farmers’ profile on output of poultry during the pandemic. The multi-stage random sampling technique was applied in the selection of 600 respondents and primary data were collected using questionnaire. Both descriptive and inferential statistical tools were used for data analysis. The result from the study indicated that 70% of the respondents were male, with average age of 45 years; majority 53% had tertiary education. The output of poultry products during the pandemic era declined by about 38% when compared with the average output before the output before the COVID-19 pandemic era as cost of inputs jumped sporadically. The multiple regression model with adjusted R2 of 59% indicated a relatively good fit, revealing that level of education, gender, farming experience, access to credit, extension contact and flock size affected poultry output in the study area. Based on the result of the study, it was recommended that government should ensure effective market monitoring, equitable distribution and price regulation for all kinds of poultry products.