Assessment of Youths’ Participation in Beef Production Activities in Osun State, Nigeria

  • A.O Adekunmi
  • A.O Awoyemi
Keywords: Assessment, Youth, Participation, Beef, Cattle, Production

Abstract

The study assessed youth’s participation in beef production activities in Osun State, Nigeria. The study was conducted in purposively selected areas of the state where beef production activities predominate. A validated interview schedule was used to elicit information from one hundred and eight youths in different abattoirs in the study area. Descriptive statistics such as frequency counts, percentage, mean, and ranking were employed to summarise the data, Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation and Chi-square analyses were used to determine the relationships between selected socio-economic characteristics and the participation of youths in beef production activities. The study revealed that educational level and annual income had positive correlates with youth’s participation in beef production activities. The major constraints militating against participation of youths in beef production activities were inadequate training on good management practices (69.4%) and high cost of cattle and difficulty in sourcing healthy cattle (53.7%). The study concluded that youths were participating in all the activities which place beef meat on the tables of the consumers but participated more in slaughtering and skinning of cattle and marketing of beef. It was therefore recommended that beef marketers need to be given adequate training on good management practices as regards beef production, and efforts should also be made by government and non-government organizations to empower beef marketers and ensure that they have regular supply of healthy and hygienic cattle for consumption.
Published
2021-11-04
Section
Articles