MANAGEMENT OF POULTRY FARMS THROUGH THE USE OF ELECTRONIC FACILITIES FOR ENHANCED FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA

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MANAGEMENT OF POULTRY FARMS THROUGH THE USE OF ELECTRONIC FACILITIES FOR ENHANCED FOOD SECURITY

Abstract

The study was on the management of poultry farms through the use of electronic facilities for enhanced food security in Enugu State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study sought to determine the utilization, benefits, and obstacles limiting the application of electronic facilities in the management of poultry farms. This study adopted a survey research design. The study was carried out in Enugu state, Nigeria. Population of the study was 466 representing 413 poultry farmers, and 53 extension agents in Enugu state. Data were collected using checklist and questionnaire developed by the researchers. The instruments were face validated by three experts. Cronbach alpha statistical method was used to determine the internal consistency of the questionnaire which yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.74. Administration and collection of the instruments were done by the researchers with the help of 15 research assistants. Out of the 466 instruments administered, 423 representing 370 poultry farmers and 53 extension agents were retrieved. This represents a return rate of 91%. Data collected were analyzed using frequency and percentage to determine the extent of utilization of electronic facilities in poultry farms. Similarly, mean was used to analyze the data collected on the benefits and obstacles limiting the use of electronic facilities in farms. The study found among others that majority of the poultry farmers do not utilize electronic facilities in the management of their poultry farms. It was equally found that automation of poultry farms increases production of meat and eggs, but was also faced by so many challenges

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