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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 4(5), pp. 260-264 May, 2014
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2014 Scholarly-Journals

Cavies for income generation, manure for the farm and meat for the table

Yiva C. Herman1, Fon Dorothy E1, Meutchieye Felix2, Niba A.T2., Manjeli, Y2 and Djikeng, A.3

1Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
2Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
3Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub), Kenya .

Abstract :


This study was carried out in the Western Highlands of Cameroon (WHC) to determine the motivations and contributions of cavy production to the livelihoods of cavy farm families. The sample was made up of 250 cavy farmers who were selected through the snowball sampling technique. The data was collected by the use of a pre-tested structured questionnaire. The results revealed that cavy keeping is being practised by low income persons of all age categories (ranging from 09- 90yrs) with most of the keepers between 36 and 65 years of age. They are slightly more females (54%) than males with a large majority being able to read and write (with men having an edge over the women). Religion was not a restriction to cavy keeping. Cavies are valuable species as they improve on the livelihoods of cavy farm families. Cavies rearing motivations are for income generation (45%), manure (30%), consumption (20%) and company (5%). The income generated is used in the provision of planned and emergency household needs and the manure produced is either sold or ploughed onto the family farms for crop production.


Key words: Cavies, rearing motivations, livelihood amelioration, western highlands Cameroon.

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