Aquaculture Management Practices Followed by the Fish Farmers
The purposes of the study were to determine the extent of use of aquaculture management practices followed by the fish farmers and to find out the relationship between the selected characteristics of the fish farmers with their extent of use of aquaculture management practices. Data were collected from 96 randomly selected fish farmers (out of 651) from two unions of Pakundia upazila under Kishoreganj district. A pre-tested and structured interview schedule was used to collect data from the fish farmers during October, 2010. The extent of use of aquaculture management practices was the dependent variable of the study. To measure the dependent variable, a total 15 aquaculture management practices were selected and each of the aquaculture management practices was put against a four-point rating scale The independent variables were measured by using suitable scales and techniques. Correlation Coefficient (r) was used to explore relationships between the concerned variables. The findings indicate that majority of the respondents (64.60 percent) had moderate extent of practice of aquaculture management while 35.42 percent of themhaving high extent of practice. On the other hand, there were no respondents havinglow extent of aquaculture management practice. Out of nine selected characteristics, the fish farmers’ educational level, farm size, extension media contact, social mobility, training exposures and knowledge on aquaculture management practices showed significant positive relationship with their extent of use of aquaculture management practices. Age of the fish farmers had negatively significant relationship with their extent of use of aquaculture management practices.
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