DETERMINANTS OF TRAINING NEEDS OF POULTRY FARMERS IN NORTHERN AGRICULTURAL ZONE OF PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA

E. Simon, E. S. Salau, S. H. Umar

Abstract


This study assessed the determinants of training needs of poultry farmers in the Northern Agricultural Zone of Plateau State, Nigeria. Primary data were collected from nineteen (119) respondents with the aid of structured questionnaires using multistage sampling techniques. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics such as percentage and mean scores and logit regression model. Results showed that the mean age of the respondents was 43years while majority (72.3%) was married. Majority (98.3%) had one form of formal education or the other. The mean household size was 5 persons. The mean years of farming experience were 7years. The average amount of credit received was ₦190,420.17. The mean farm size was 671 birds and the mean annual farm income was ₦1,002,208.55. Majority (68.9%) sourced their information on poultry production from poultry farmers. The respondents expressed the need for more training. The coefficient of determination (R2 ) value was 0.672. The variables level of education (P-value = 0.000) was positively significant at 1%, age and number of training attended (P-value=.0.042 and P-value =0.021) respectively were significant at 5%. The study recommends that. Extension efforts should be geared towards encouraging poultry farmers to sponsor training workshops and seminars by inviting resource persons to address their areas of poultry management training needs. Adequate, free and complete information on poultry training programmes should be made available to the respondents by the government.

Keywords: Training Needs, Poultry Farmers, Northern Agricultural Zone, Plateau State


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