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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: January | Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 126-135

Economics of Rabbit (Oryctolagus Cuniculus) Production in IVO Local Government of Area of Ebonyi State

Ume S I1, Ezeano C I2, Nwaneri T.C1, Eluagu C3

1Department of Agricultural Extension and Management Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, IVO Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
2Department of Agricultural  Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
3National Root Crop Research Institute Umudike, Umuahia Abia state, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author: Ume S I


Economics of rabbit production in IVO Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria was studied using sixty farmers that were randomly selected using multi stage random sampling technique. Percentage response, Net farm income and ordinary least square regression analyses were used to address the objectives of the study. The result showed that 78.33% of the respondents were male farmers, while the females accounted for 21.67% . In addition, 61.7% of the respondents were below the age of 41years, while 21.67% were above 41 years. 76% of the sampled farmers were married and 15% were single. Furthermore, 83.3% of the respondents were educated, while 8.3% had no formal education. Majority of the rabbit farmers (93.3%) had rearing experience of below 11 years and 6.7% had above 11 years. The determinant factors to rabbit farmers’ output were rearing experience, flock size and feed consumed Result of cost and returns showed that pig production is a profitable venture with net farm income of N10, 500 and return to scale of 1.089. The major constraints to rabbit production in the study area were lack of capital, feed and feeding, diseases problem and marketing problem. The study recommended on the need to increase farmers’ access to credit facilities, good marketing structure and accessibility to improved rabbit breed.

Key words: Economics of rabbit production, Oryctolagus Cuniculus, IVO Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.

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