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Assessment of youth perception towards fish farming in Ibadan Metropolis

Adelodun O. B.*, Bankole A. F, Rafiu R.A, Morawo B.O. and Ajao F.S.

Abstract

This study was carried out to assess the youths’ perception towards fish farming in Ibadan metropolis. A total of 60 respondents were selected using a multi-stage sampling technique. The respondents interviewed were within the active age of 25-35 years. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result revealed that 71.67% of the respondents were males, 66.67% of the respondents were single, and 61.70% had tertiary education while 63.33% take fish farming as their main source of income. The study also revealed the respondents perception towards fish farming and 45% agreed that fish production is hard and stressful, 53.3% of the respondents strongly agreed that fish production requires large capital and 50% strongly disagreed that fish farming is meant for the illiterates. The factors influencing youth career choice in fish production was also evaluated. 66.70% of the respondents were into fish farming just as a means of survival, 43.33% found themselves in fish production due to the unemployment rate in the country and 50% just doesn’t see fish farming attractive enough. The study finally assessed the constraints faced by the youths in their involvement in fish production. The chi square analysis revealed that socio economic characteristics such marital status (X2=24.450, P<0.05), level of education (X2= 34.589, P<0.05) and sources of income (X2=8.828, P<0.05) have a significant relationship with the constraints faced by the youths in the study area. From the results observed in this study, more attention from government and private organizations through provision of financial assistance and grants is recommended, as this will encourage the youth to be more involved in the sector. Orientation changing programmes should be organized to change the mindset of the youths concerning farming activities.

Key words: Constraints, perception, food security.

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