The perception of catfish farmers on climate change and it effect on the contribution of
catfish production to household income in Lagos State, Nigeria were investigated using primary
and secondary data as well as structured questionnaire. A multistage random sampling technique
was used to select 250 African catfish farmers. Descriptive statistics, budgeting and production
function analysis, Likert scale were used to analyse the data collected.
Majority of the African catfish farmers (87.5%) were aware of climate change, over 50% of the
respondents noted that the general effect of climate change in their area is fluctuation in rainfall
pattern while 16.5% noted that the general effect of climate change is high temperature. Other
farmers noted that the effect is less rainfall, drought and excessive rainfall. Catfish farming as an
enterprise is profitable with an average profit of ₦205,878.00 (US $1,372.50) per producer in
one cropping cycle (8-9) months and it contributed about 55% to household income. The major
problem confronting catfish farmers is lack of capital. It is therefore recommended that
government should support and encourage commercial, industrial and agricultural banks to
provide loans to catfish farming entrepreneurs at low interest rates.