Determinants of Village Chicken Products Price and Productivity in Central Ethiopia

Minyahel Tilahun


A total of 180 households (HHs) were selected from Gurage zone of Ethiopia, and 80 eggs were collected and assessed for quality. All collected descriptive data were analyzed using SPSS version 20, and mean differences were separated using Least Significant Difference (LSD).The result indicated that using young chick and hen keeping as parameter was showed a significant difference(P<0.05) between the two selected agro ecologies of the study area. All village chicken productivity estimating parameters i.e. eggs/hen/week, eggs/hen/clutch, eggs /hen/year, hatchability and mortality were showed a significant difference at all P levels (P˂0.05; P<0.01; P<0.05) with in and across the agro ecologies. Married respondents (60%) and respondents who attain elementary education (60%) were the major participant of different marketing activities. However of village chicken products marketing were highly determined by stage of marketand majorly (65%) marketed at farm gate and at primary markets, secondary markets showed significance difference (P<0.05) on the price of selling chicken and egg. Christian holydays and Ethiopian New Year showed a significant difference among the selected study areas for selling of local and crossbred chicken and egg. Seasonal demands and festive periods were the two major determining factors which create price inflation. Price fluctuation, seasonal demand and intermediaries were the first three major constraints in the process of marketing chickens and eggs, respectively. All available market places in the study area did not have special infrastructure which helped chicken and eggs to be sold independently.

Keywords: Cheha, marketing, production, productivity, village chicken.

DOI: 10.7176/JNSR/9-19-03

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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