Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF INTEGRATED FISH FARMING IN EBONYI STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Esheya, Samuel Esheya
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)

ABSTRACT:

This research was carried out to study the economic analysis of integrated fish farming in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was employed in selecting 108 integrated fish farmers operating up to 1000 fingerlings capacity fish ponds based on government and secondary sources of information. Structured questionnaire and scheduled interview were adopted to obtain information from the respondents. Descriptive statistics, 3-point Likert scale techniques and farm budgeting techniques were employed in data analysis so as to realize the specific objectives. Results of data in table 1 showed that integrated fish-chicken farming is the most common practice in Ebonyi state. Table 2 indicated that high cost of feeds (mean =2.56), high cost of labour (mean =2.31) and high mortality rate (mean = 2.23)were the most serious constraints to integrated fish farming in the study area. The result further showed a net farm income of ₦ 272,590.00; a benefit cost ratio of 1.90 and rate of returns on investment of 0.90indicating that integrated fish farming is a profitable business in the study area. However, integrated fish farmers should source for locally formulated feeds to reduce their overall cost of production and consequently increase profitability.

KEYWORDS:

Economic analysis, Integrated, Fish farming, Constraints, Profitability.