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internet. Fifty Questionnaires were randomly distributed to the smoked fish marketers in
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descriptive and inferential statistical tools. Result showed that majority of the respondents were
young (40.0%), literate (100%) married (34.0%), men (74.0%) that had 11-15 years of marketing
experience (46.0%) and household sizes of 6-11persons (72.0%). Also most of the smoked fish
sellers obtained their funds from family and friends (34%) and most of the marketers were retailers
(72.0%). The study revealed that the major (70.0%) cause of price fluctuation in the study area
was cost of transportation. Findings indicate that fish size, fish quantity, consumer’s choice
influenced the price of smoke fish to fluctuate in the study area. Also, average marketer earned
₦4,300.00 as gross margin per 50kg carton. The major constraint to smoked fish marketing is cost
of transportation (60.0%). Based on the findings of this study, it is concluded that fish marketing
is a profitable and efficient venture. Therefore, farmers and young graduate should be encouraged
to venture into the business which would help reduce unemployment among young educated
Nigerians. Also construction of good roads and reduction of fuel price by government in other to
reduce high cost of transporting smoked fish was recommended.
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