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Perception of Threat of Avian Influenza by Agricultural Extension Professionals and Poultry Farmers in Nigeria

Augustine J. Udoh and Ene Oku
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Uyo, Uyo 530002, Akwa, Ibom State, Nigeria
Abstract :

Avian influenza has become a serious threat in poultry farming in recent times in Nigeria. A study was undertaken to ascertain the perception of extension professionals and poultry farmers on the threat of avian influenza towards a possible outbreak in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. One hundred and three (103)
extension officers and 43 poultry farmers were randomly selected to take part in the study. Questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents and the data collected were analyzed with descriptive and
inferential statistics. The result of the hypotheses show no significant relationship between the level of
awareness of extension officers and their perception on avian influenza (r = 0.90). Similarly, there was no
significant relationship between the level of awareness of poultry farmers and their perception on avian
influenza (r = 0.129). Awareness campaign on avian influenza should be intensified and with more training
programs for the extension officers.

Keywords :
Perception, avian influenza, extension professionals, poultry farmers, Nigeria

Date Deposited : 28 Jun 2011 11:37

Last Modified : 28 Jun 2011 11:37

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

Volume 9, Number 10, - 2010 , ISSN 1682-8356

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