Garba Emmanuel Ekele, Agnes Olufunke Obademi


The study investigates strategies required by women farmers on ruminant animal production in Benue State, Nigeria. Four research questions guided the study. Survey research design was adopted for the study. The population for the study was 805 respondents comprising of 205 Agricultural extension officers and 600 women farmers. Purposive sampling technique was used to get a sample of 307. A-29 structured items questionnaire titled: Women Farmers in Ruminant Animal Production Questionnaire (WFRAPQ) were developed from literature and used for data collection. The instrument was face validated by three experts. Cronbach Alpha method was used to determine the internal consistency of the questionnaire items which yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.84. The data collected was analyzed using weighted mean and standard deviation. Findings revealed that women farmers require management practices in ruminant animal production and that women encountered several challenges in ruminant animal production amongst others. It was recommended among others that women farmers should be provided with conducive environment in which livestock could be effectively reared.


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