International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

Volume 1, Issue 4, 2014


Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) monoculture in sapele local government area of delta state, Nigeria: A farm household data analysis


Author(s): Nwachi O.F and Begho Toritseju

Abstract: This paper examined catfish monoculture in Sapele Local Government of Delta State. Data were collected from 80 catfish farmers using simple random sampling technique. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the data. The result showed that years of experience in catfish culture ranged between 1-10 years with a mean of 4 years which indicated that catfish culture is a relatively new enterprise in the study area. For the regression analysis of socioeconomic variables on output the double log model gave the best fit with the highest R2 value of 90.2 with household size, major occupation and source of capital statistically significance at (P<0.01). For the regression of input on output an R2 of 98.0 percent was obtained with feed and land significant at (P<0.01). The major constraint faced by catfish farmers in the area were inadequate capital. This study therefore recommends that catfish farmer be granted micro loans.

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