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Rural Poultry Populations and Strains in Two Agro-Ecological Zones of Nigeria

I.I. Dafwang1, U. Musa2, P.A. Abdu3 and J.U. Umoh3
1National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria 2National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria 3Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Abstract :

A study was conducted in Plateau State of Nigeria which has two distinct agro-ecological zones;
a humid sub-temperate region in the North and a sub-humid hotter region that is part of the Northern Guinea
Savanna ecological zone of Nigeria in the South. A sample of 1240 farmers from two Local Governments in
each of the two ecological zones were surveyed to assess the poultry population and strains of birds as a
prelude to the introduction of interventions for control of Newcastle Disease and other programs for
improving rural poultry productivity. Results showed that the farmers owned an average of 20 chickens, 6
ducks, 0.3 turkeys, 1 pigeon and 1.2 guinea fowls per household. Each household reared two or more
strains of chicken and most had different types of poultry in the same backyard. There were more Naked neck
and long legged chickens in the hotter ecological zone but more Barred plumage strains in the cooler
ecological zone

Keywords :
Rural poultry, strains, agro-ecological zone

Date Deposited : 25 Jun 2011 10:40

Last Modified : 25 Jun 2011 10:40

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ijps.htm

Volume 9, Number 2, - 2010 , ISSN 1682-8356

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