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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2020 VOL. 4(1), Pp. 1 - 12, © MARCH 2020

ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROCESSING AND MARKETING OF FISH AND FISH PRODUCTS: IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY IMPERATIVE
1 Sabejeje, T. A. 2 Sabejeje, O. O., 3 Adebola, O. T., and 4 Akinkuolie, A. O.
1, 2, 3 Department of Biology, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
2 IBIC Farms Papa Lantoro, Ogun State.
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ABSTRACT
This study examined the processing and marketing of aquatic, animal resources with particular reference to fish and fish products. The study highlighted the various techniques of collecting these animals, processing them and marketing the finished products. Majorly, the men do the harvesting while the women do the processing and marketing. In the course of this study, a well-structured questionnaire was designed and administered to selected women involved in these activities. Results from the study showed that fewer women were involved in harvesting while majority of the women do the processing and marketing of the fishes and their products. It was also revealed that majority of the women fall between the age brackets of 25-54 years. The married women constituted 59% of the total work force while the unmarried accounted for 16% and the widows formed 12.7%. Results also showed that the annual economic benefit accruable from this business is valued between #400,000 and #500,000 per marketer, which in most cases constituted about 75% of the Gross Annual Income of such communities. The study evaluated the various challenges faced by these women especially in the areas of collection, processing and marketing of these resources and their finished products, some of which include inaccessibility to suitable and modern collecting gadgets, lack of modern equipments for processing and preservation of both the raw and finished products, financial constraints especially in securing loans from banks and cooperatives, difficulty in getting their products transported from rural to urban cities due to deplorable state of the roads and so on. The study proffered useful suggestions which will help in ameliorating some of the hardships encountered by both men and women involved in this venture.
Keywords: Fish, Involvement, Marketing, Processing Products


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