Ezekiel Oluwatoyin Owoade



The study examined training needs of commercial pig farmers in Ogbomoso Agricultural Zone of Oyo State. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was used in selecting 70 respondents for the study. Data was collected with structured questionnaire on socioeconomic characteristics, farm characteristics and training needs. Data analysis was done using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study revealed that most farmers (61.4%) were within the age category of 36-45 with mean age of 38.7±9.2 years. Majority (84.3%) were males and 80% were married. Most (62.9%) of the farmers needed training highly in commercial pig farming. The areas of training needs were in diseases, parasites and pest prevention and control (3.43), care and management of piglets (3.31), care and management of adult female pigs (3.29), and record keeping (3.13). Socioeconomic and farm characteristics such as age (r=0.167, p=0.166), sex (χ2= 0.003, p= 0.954), field of study (χ2=2.929, p=0.087), membership of producers association (χ2 = 0.119, p= 0.730), years of experience (r=0.093, p=0.446), educational qualification (χ2=6.381, p=0.382), income (r=-0.187, p=0.122) and flock size (r= -0.143, p=0.237) had no significant relationship with training needs. It was recommended that training should target the areas identified in the study.

Keywords: Commercial, pig farmers, training needs, socioeconomic, characteristics, Ogbomoso

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