Poultry Farm Characteristics and Poultry Farmers’ Perception of Farm Succession Planning in Southwest, Nigeria

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College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, PMB 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Abstract

Intergenerational succession aims at the renewal of family farm and addresses the problem of increasing aged population of principal farm owners. This study assessed poultry farm characteristics and poultry farmers’ perception of farm succession planning in southwest Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used in selecting poultry farmers in Oyo and Osun states.  Data were analyzed using descriptive and differential statistics. Results revealed that the poultry farmers are predominantly small and medium scale farmers. They were mostly sole proprietors (72.5%), and family farm owners (11.9%).  Most (73.4%) farmers operated on full time basis, while others were either part–time or occasional farmers.  Majority (95.9%) of the farmers had favourable perception towards farm succession planning, 30.3% had complete succession plan and 22.9% had commenced successor participation. There were no significant associations between farm ownership structure, but significant associations existed with farming status, total farm debt, and succession planning among the poultry farmers (p< 0.05). The study concluded that succession planning is new in the study area and must be further investigated in order to provide a data base for policy decision with regards to livestock (especially poultry) farming, aging proprietorship and encourage its practice. 

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