Consumers’ Preference Attributes for Indigenous Chicken in Kenya
Bett, Eric K.
Kabuag, Lucy W.
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Indigenous chicken (Gallus domesticus) are an important source of livelihoods and food for majority of households in Kenya. Consumers appreciate Indigenous chicken(IC) more due to its nutritional value and health benefits. The Kenyan chicken market is dominated by indigenous chickens, an indication of consumer preferences. This is despite recent improvements by research institutions resulting to development of Improved Indigenous Chicken (IIC) which has higher productivity levels. Consumer preference assessment gives important information on acceptability of a commodity by consumers. The primary objective of this study, therefore, was to analyze consumer preference attributes for indigenous chickens in Makueni and Nairobi counties. Specifically, the study sought to; identify and rank attributes of indigenous chickens that influences choice and consumption and to; analyze the influence of IC attributes on price. A Cross-sectional survey research was used to obtain 200 respondents with the aid of semi-structured questionnaires. Hedonic pricing model in STATA 11.0 was fitted to estimate the influence of attributes on observed prices. Results indicated that consumers pay a premium of Ksh 30/kilogram for yellow skin and Ksh. 30 kg for low fat content live IC. Dressed IC with white meat colour received a price premium of Ksh. 43 kg while red meat colour received premium of Ksh. 62 kg. Based on the findings of the study, it is recommended that government supports breeding and improvement programs to ensure IC of preferred attributes are available and affordable to the farmers. This would enhance acceptability and utilization by consumers.