Sylvester Et Al


Sylvester et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (8), pp. 346-353, September 2014.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 070814296


Socio-economic Determinants of Commercialization of Smallholder Rabbit Production in Mt Darwin District of Zimbabwe


Sylvester1, Clayton Mashapa2*, Lighton Dube3

May Mrema1


1Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Africa University, P. O. Box 1320, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

2Caritas International, Zimbabwe, Roman Catholic Diocese of Mutare, Private Bag 877, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

3Faculty of Commerce and Law, Zimbabwe Open University, National Office, P. O Box MP 111, 

Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.

*Corresponding Author’s Email: clayiemashapa @yahoo


A study was conducted to analyze the socio-economic
factors influencing commercialization of rabbit production in communal areas of
Mt Darwin district of Zimbabwe. A study sample of 85 smallholder rabbit farmers
was randomly selected across the study area. Data were collected by means of
questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results revealed that 81.2% of respondents had attained
some form of education and 63.5% had more than 6 years of rabbit farming
experience. It was also observed that access to agricultural extension
services, rabbit producer price, agricultural education and experience in
rabbit keeping significantly (P <
0.05) influenced commercialization of rabbit farming by the farmers. It was
concluded that improved access to agricultural extension services by a farmer,
good rabbit producer prices, level of agricultural training attained by a
farmer and years of rabbit farming experience of a farmer ease farmer’s ability
to adopt commercial rabbit production and hence a higher production level. It was recommended that Zimbabwe national government
create an enabling environment that promotes adequate technology transfer to
farmers. Also, an   investment in
agro-industries that deal with the value chain components of rabbitory
could be embarked upon by the government in order to improve on value-addition by farmers which would in-turn lead to more favourable prices.

Keywords: commercialization, rabbitry, smallholder, farmer, socio-economic,


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