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Information Accessibility among Fish Farmers in Girei, Yola North and Yola South Local Government Areas, Adamawa State, Nigeria

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Author Barguma K, A.A Ndaghu
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 503-507
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 8
Issue Date September 01, 2014
Publishing Date September 01, 2014
Keywords Information accessibility, economics, fish farming



Abstract

The study investigated the information accessibility among Fish Farmers in Girei, Yola North and Yola South Local Government Areas, Adamawa State, Nigeria. Fish Farmers have high needs of information but the accessibility is low in the face of the constraints they faced. The study described the socio economic characteristics of respondents, determined their information needs and assessed the fish production information available to the respondents. Data for the study were generated through the administration of questionnaires to 48 respondents who were selected by the use of a snowball technique. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics such as mean, percentage and inferential statistics such as Chi – square and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) tests which were used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed that, 37.5% of the respondents were between the age range of 41 – 50 years that is 58% of the respondents were above the mean age which was 45 years. Majority (83.3%) of the respondents were male and 75% were married with 72.9% of them having acquired one form of formal education or another. Civil service was their major (50%) primary occupation and 56.2% of them had household size of 6 – 10 people with 79.1% having less than 10 years of experience in fish farming. Majority (83.3%) of the respondents had high information needs on fish farming. The sources of information available to the respondents on daily basis were friends/fellow farmers (81.3%), family members (56.2%), GSM (52.1%), radio (47.1%) and television (31.2%). PPMC revealed that only educational attainment had significant relationship with the respondents’ information accessibility on fish farming. The study recommended that extension agents should provide adequate information on fish farming to fish farmers as their information need in that regard is high.


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