Abstract Volume:6 Issue-9 Year-2018 Original Research Articles
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2Department of Agricultural Science Education, Federal College of Education, Omoku, Rivers State, Nigeria
The paper examines capacity building of livestock extension staff as a strategy for the improvement of livestock farming/animal agriculture in Imo state, Nigeria. A total of 120 livestock extension staff from the Livestock Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources was used for the study. Questionnaire was used to elicit information and percentages, mean and standard deviation were used for analysis. Results showed that the reasons for capacity includes - to build the capacity of rural livestock farmers (M = 2.65), provision of livestock services (M = 2.53), improve productivity/quality of livestock product (M = 2.77) to satisfy/meet market demand (M = 2.97) among others. The following methods of capacity building exists – workshop training (100%), mentoring (95.8%), brainstorming sessions (82.8%) etc. The following core areas of training for livestock extension staff were general farm management (M = 3.05), animal health management and hygiene (M = 3.31), veterinary medicines and biologicals (M = 3.42), animal feeding and watering (M = 3.33), environmental and infrastructure (M=3.07), animal and products handling (M=3.42).
How to cite this article:Chikaire J. U., F. N. Nnadi, J. A. Echetama and Emerhirhi E. 2018. Capacity Building of Livestock Extension Staff for Improvement of Animal Agriculture in Imo State, Nigeria.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 6(9): 90-96