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Socio-demographic Structure and Constraints of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Oyo State, Nigeria

Olusoji John Abiola, Sunday Charles Olaogun, Rahamon Akinyele Moshood Adedokun, Sunday Kelly Onaro.


The contribution of dairy farming to the socio economic development of Oyo state and Nigeria at large cannot be underestimated; we therefore sought to establish socio-demographic status and constraints of small holder dairy farmers at Five Milk collection centres built by FC WAMCO in Oyo State, Nigeria. Well structure close ended question based questionnaires were administered in the study location. Farmer’s demography revealed 63.64% and 36.36% male and female respectively, majority (46.54%) were between 30 and 40yrs. 73.82% do not have formal education, 40.18% reported 10years of rearing. Major constraints identified were; lack of milking equipment reported by 97.64%, 93.82% reported lack of milk preservation facilities. 97.64% reported high cost of breeder stock. 51.82% were not aware of artificial insemination. Inaccessibility to good water was reported by 98.55%, 93.09% reported cattle rustling, 70% were not aware of any bio-security measures.

Key words: Constraints, Dairy Farmers, Socio-demography, Smallholder, Oyo State

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