ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER EPIDEMIC AMONG PIG COOPERATIVE FARMERS IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

  • OYERONKE ADENIKE ADEKOLA
  • SOLA EMMANUEL KOMOLAFE
  • MOYOSORE ABIDEMI RAJI
Keywords: African Swine Fever; awareness; control measure; effects

Abstract

The state of ill-being in swine production is a bad phenomenon that must be properly managed for food security’s sake. Therefore, the study examined the economic impacts of African swine fever epidemic among pig cooperative farmers in Ogun State, Nigeria”. Simple random sampling technique was used to select One hundred and twenty (120) pig cooperative farmers for this study. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics were used to analyze data collected. Results showed that majority (94.3%) of respondents had former education. The mean pig farming experience was 11.5years. Majority of respondent (72.5%) of respondent had more than 20 pigs. Results further showed that 89.2%, 89.2%, 85.8%, 82.5%, and 84.2% were aware of ASF’s specific symptoms such as sudden death, appetite loss, abortion, breathing difficulties, and redding of ears, respectively. Majority of the respondents strongly agreed that the outbreak of ASF pandemic has severely affected pig farmers’ capital (78.3%), productivity (74.2%), and feed intake of swine (72.5%). The leading disposal management practices of infected pigs by respondents were disposal by bush burning (87.5%) and disposal by throwing in the bush (75.0%). Almost all, 97.5% agreed that non accessibility to disease database was a major hindrance, 97% agreed that lack of committed personnel and difficulty with vaccine development were constraints, while 88% indicated poor husbandry practices amongst farmers as constraint. The study concludes that ASF has greatly affected cooperative farmers economically. It is recommended that effort should be made by veterinary personnel, extension agent to further improve cooperative pig farmers’ knowledge on ASF treatment and management.

Published
2022-03-22