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Education as a determinant of fisherfolks interest in fish farming: Case study of WAAPP in Ibeju Lekki, Nigeria Public Deposited

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  • Supply of fish from the natural waters is declining as a result of over-exploitation and environmental degradation especially in the coastal areas of Nigeria. In order to arrest the attendant effects of food and economic insecurity as well as undesirable migration to cities, fish farming has been suggested as an alternative livelihood. This study examines education as a factor of willingness of fisher folks in fish culture in fishing communities of Ibeju-Lekki LGA of Lagos State. Three (3) communities in brackish water environment were purposively selected viz: Igbo-olomi, Idata and Ise. Simple random sampling method was employed to select 86 respondents from these communities. Semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect socio-economic data, occupational features, willingness of fisher folks to invest in fish farming and factors responsible for their choice. The data were subjected to descriptive statistics and Chi-square test. Logit regression was employed to assess the influence of socio-economic and technical factors on the respondents’ decision to integrate fish farming in their enterprise mix. The results of the study show that 81.4% of the respondents were willing to adopt and integrate fish farming into their fishing and other economic activities. Logistic Regression result revealed that the major determinant of willingness was the educational status of the respondents. The result of Chi Square Analysis showed that there was significant relationship between willingness of the adoption of fish farming and Education Status (X2 = 4.626, p < 0.05).
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