Impact of seasons on consumption pattern of egg and chicken in urban sector of Bareilly district
Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar - 243 122
Various situational factors influence the consumption of livestock products and hence the consumption of eggs and chicken. Seasons are most important from this point of view. Seasons motivate demand and hence consumption of egg and chicken. Therefore, to study the impact of seasons on consumption pattern of egg and chicken in urban sector of Bareilly district, a cross section of 200 urban households was selected by adopting multistage stratified random sampling procedure. However, out of 200 urban households only 47 chicken consuming and 85 egg-consuming households were retained for further analysis. The relevant data on consumption of eggs and chicken were collected by interviewing the head of households. The analysis of the data revealed that the maximum (12.40eggs) and minimum (4.26 eggs) average per caput monthly consumption was observed in winter and summer respectively. The inequalities in consumption were highest (84.60 %) in winter and lowest (43.10%) in summer. On the other hand the highest level of average per caput monthly consumption of chicken was noticed in winter and lowest in rainy season ranging from 485 grams in winter to 290 grams in rainy season. The inequalities in consumption were highest (76.60 %) and lowest (59.73%) in winter and rainy season respectively. ANOVA indicated highly significant seasonal effect in respect of consumption of eggs and no significance difference between seasons in respect of consumption of chicken.