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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 5)
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Analysis of Artisanal Fisher Folk Information Needs and Accessibility in Benue State, Nigeria

O.J. Okwu, M.A. Yahaya and C.P.O. Obinne
Corresponding Author:  Okwu, Oto Jacob 

Key words:  Artisanal fisheries, extension service, fishermen, improved fisheries technologies, information accessibility, information need,
Vol. 3 , (5): 408-413
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2011 July, 22 2011 September, 08 2011 September, 10

The study analyzed the information needs and accessibility of artisanal fisher folk in Benue State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select two fishing communities from each of the three agroecological zones in the study area. A structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data from 222 respondents. Descriptive statistics showed that artisanal fisher folk were mostly married male adults with low level of formal education, low income, and low use of modern technologies. The chi-square test revealed that there was a significant relationship between access to needed information and the output of the artisanal fisher folk at 1% level of significance. Logit regression test revealed that age, education and household size had significant effect on fisher folk access to needed fisheries information. Important areas of information need of the fisher folk were, sources of micro credit, modern fish capture methods and aqua-culture. It was recommended that adequate fisheries extension service should be provided in the fishing communities.
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O.J. Okwu, M.A. Yahaya and C.P.O. Obinne, 2011. Analysis of Artisanal Fisher Folk Information Needs and Accessibility in Benue State, Nigeria.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(5): 408-413.
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