Standard Practices Required By Youths in Broiler Processing and Marketing Enterprise in Abia State


Authors : Eje, Amuche Elom; Udie, Elizabeth Akwenaboye

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 2 - February

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The study sought to identify the standard practices required by youths in broiler processing and marketing enterprise in Abia State using survey research design. The study had 4 specific purposes, 4 research questions and 4 hypotheses. The population of the study was 111 made up of 74 agricultural extension agents and 37 poultry farmers in the State. There was no sampling because the whole population was manageable. A structured questionnaire containing 49 items was used for data collection. 3 validates who are experts in animal science validated the instrument while Cronbalch alpha coefficient was used to test the reliability and a reliability of .81 was obtained. The instrument was administered with the help of 4 research assistants. 99 copies of the questionnaire were retrieved from the respondents and analyzed using mean, standard deviation for research questions and t-test to test the null hypotheses. From the result of the analysis, it was found that there are 8 standard practices required by youths in planning for broiler processing and marketing enterprise, there are 12 standard processes required in processing broiler for customers, there are 17 standard facilities and tools required in processing broiler, there are 12 standard practices required by youths in marketing processed broiler in Abia State. It was also found that there was no significant difference between the mean response of broiler farmers and extension agents in all the items. Among the recommendations made were that on the job training programs such as workshops or seminars be organized for poultry farmers in the State skill acquisition centers in order for them to improve on their business enterprise, schools should build the identified standard practices into the curriculum of animal husbandry so that the graduates can be up to date on broiler processing best practices and that government should try to assist in providing the standard facilities and tools through the schools, skill centers, farmers cooperatives etc to further fine-tune and encourage broiler processing and marketing enterprise to the required standard.

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