Assessment of Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Assistance on Poultry Production in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria
The study was carried out to assess the extent of assistance of Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) on Poultry Production in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State. A simple random sampling technique was employed in the selection of six (6) villages from the study area, ten (10) poultry farmers were randomly selected from each of the six villages giving a total sample size of sixty (60). Data was collected with structured questionnaire administered to the respondents in the study area. Data was analyzed with descriptive statistics such as frequency, mean and percentages. The result of the demographic characteristics of the poultry farmers showed that the mean age of the respondents was 50.5 years. The study also showed that 46% of the respondents had formal education while 54% of the respondent had no formal education. The respondents’ gender was 90% males and 10% females. The intensive system of poultry production was higher (67%) than the semi-intensive (25%) and extensive system (8%). The study further showed that the source of credit facilities to poultry farmers were personal savings (36.7%), ADP (30%) banks (8%), cooperative (13.3%). The study also showed that only few of the farmers received assistance from ADP in the form of training on improved agricultural technology (33.3%), credit and inputs provision for poultry farmers (16.7%). About 20% of the respondents are engaged in broilers production, 30% in layers production while 50% are in both layers and broilers production. However, it was observed that in spite of these assistance of ADP on poultry production, the living standard of majority of the poultry farmers in the study area has not improved. Therefore, the following recommendations are made; ADP should create more sensitization programmes so that more poultry farmers will benefit. More credits and inputs on poultry production should be made available so that more poultry farmers can access the facilities.
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