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Journal of Agricultural Extension ; 26(1 (Annual Conference):11-20, 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1911910


This study examined the adaptation strategies to the consequence of COVID-19 pandemic on Poultry Farmers in Oyo State. Multistage sampling procedure was employed to select five Key Informants and five Focus Group Discussion from the respondents respectively. Data on effects of lockdown, coping strategies and role of PAN were collected and analysed using constant comparison analysis. The effects of pandemic in severity order include, poor marketing due to collapse of the standard delivery system (85%);glut of the poultry products (80%), laying stock reduction (25%)and folding up of the enterprise (15%) burying of unsold bad eggs (5%). Coping strategies employed were sourcing financial support from cooperative societies (85%), sold produce on credit (75%) and sourcing ICT-based marketing information (70%). The role played by PAN include taking exemption letter from Police (Police wireless message) to move poultry products for sale;mediating unfavourable government taxation and relevant information dissemination via WhatsApp group platform. There is the need to develop an emergency's-smart resilience programme for the poultry industry. Measures adopted to manage emergencies such as COVID-19 should not impede the flow of agricultural products and inputs from the onset.

Nigerian Journal of Animal Production ; 48(4):240-252, 2021.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1498784


The impact of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown surpasses the health sector. A multidisciplinary team of experts in agriculture including crop, livestock, economics and extension drew out a questionnaire on areas of impact, mitigation and constraints imposed by COVID-19 and accompanied lockdown. The survey was administered online to farmers in South-west, Nigeria. A total of 1,080 respondents from Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States (319, 225, 119, 213, 202 and 78, respectively) responded. Obtained data for this study were analyzed using descriptive statistics (frequency count, percentage, mean and standard deviation). The study revealed that COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown had a devastating impact on Agriculture/livestock activities and the value chain. Most of the respondents were married, active males (x=44 years) and livestock farmers. The respondents perceived that producer/farmers and marketers (64-66%) were profoundly affected while agro-processors and input/agrochemical merchants (53%) were moderately affected. Majority of the respondents agreed that the pandemic and lockdown changed agriculture with the threat to life and livelihoods (94.44%), with looming food/feed crises (92.96), increased cost of food/feed production (90.65%), economic loss (x WMS=4.32), reduced quality food availability (x=4.18), increased income insecurity (x=4.18) and social vices (x=4.50) as a result of logistical (transportation/movement) restrictions and border closures. Our study, therefore, suggests that there is a need for collaborative effort from the government and the stakeholders to strengthen the agricultural sector through finance to increase production and enhanced value chain. This will go a long way in achieving selfsufficiency in food and industrial raw materials post-COVID-19 period.