Analysis of Fish Demand in Ilorin-West Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria
This study examined fish demand in Ilorin-west LGA, Kwara State, Nigeria. Primary and secondary data were used for the study. Data was collected from one hundred (100) respondents randomly selected through administration of questionnaire and oral interview. The data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result showed that majority (65%) of the respondents were male. The mean age was 37.5 years with most of the respondents (95%) having formal education. It was further observed that majority of the respondents were married with most of them (71%) having a house-hold size of 1-5 persons. Most of the respondents (51%) were non-salary earners with majority of them (50%) belonging to the low income group. It was further observed from the regression result that the price of fish, income, price of substitutes were significant at 1% while age was significant at 5%. The findings also indicated that fish was price inelastic with coefficient-0.21, income elastic with coefficient 14.46, cross-inelastic with coefficient 0.0005 and age was elastic with coefficient 18.52. Based on the findings, government should educate people on the importance of fish on their health, efforts should also be made to reduce the price of fish and provide income opportunities by creating jobs. All of these will increase the demand for fish in the area.
Analysis, Demand, Fish, Household, Expenditure
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