Agricultural Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Feb  2021, Pages 1-7; DOI:

Analysis of Snail (Molluscan, Gastropod) Picker’s Responses in Yenegoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Agricultural Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Feb  2021, Pages 1-7.


Unaeze Henry Chiaka 1* , Helen N. Henry-Unaeze 2

1 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2 Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Umudike, Nigeria

Received: 7 September 2020; Accepted: 31 December 2020; Published: 17 February 2021

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The study assessed the analysis of snail picker’s responses in Yenegoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 80 respondents. Data for the study were obtained with the aid of structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics and bivariate probit regression model. Results revealed that, 62.5% of snail pickers were women, with an average age of 36 years. More than half (56.3%) were married and 51.3% had primary school education. The average years spent by many (52.5%) of the respondents on snail harvesting was 17 years. It was affirmed that 72.5% had household size of 4-6persons while 68.7% had income status ranging from ₦200,000-₦600,000.00 per annum. Many (56.3%) were engaged in fishing activities as alternative income sources. The bivariate probit model results revealed that, the probability of respondents’ responding to snail picking, level of schooling (-0.006202), household size (-0.051024) and income status (-5.92E-06) were all statistically negative at 5%p-value. But the probability of the pickers responding to snail picking considering their age (0.051231), farming experience (0.018654) and quantity picked (0.005715) were all statistically positive at 5%p-value.Only 35.6% of the respondents employed reduction in price as their major marketing strategy, 25.4% revealed that excess flooding due to heavy rains were the major constraints encountered in the study area. It was recommended that pickers should form cooperatives society to easily access loans and government should assist them establish snail farms.


Snail Responses, Pickers, Yenegoa, Bayelsa, State


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