Farmer's Perception Towards Agricultural Technology - The Case of Improved Highland Maize Varieties Adoption in Selected Kebeles of Toke Kutaye District, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia
Journal of World Economic Research
Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2019, Pages: 1-7
Received: Feb. 28, 2019;
Accepted: Apr. 9, 2019;
Published: Apr. 29, 2019
Views 608 Downloads 107
Dawit Milkias, Ambo Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research/EIAR/, Ambo, Ethiopia
Daniel Belay, Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Institute of Cooperatives and Development Studies, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia
Gemechu Shale Ogato, Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Institute of Cooperatives and Development Studies, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia
Follow on us
The study aims to reveal farmer’s perceptions towards improved highland maize varieties in selected kebeles of Toke kutaye districts. In this paper, farmer’s perception towards improved highland maize varieties were investigated or measured using a scale with items developed for the purpose of this study. Two stage sampling procedures were followed in order to draw 150 sample respondents. Responses of sample respondents on the perception related were analyzed using Likert type scale. Based on the level of agreements the result revealed that perception on disease resistant, high yielding potential of the varieties, early maturity of the varieties, agro ecological suitability and availability of seed at the right time and quality showed relatively best performance of the varieties in the study area. Whereas, perception on technological availability of the varieties indicates relatively poorest agreement compared to all other characteristics of level of agreements considered. Even if the advantages of the varieties are more for households of the study area, some farmers are discouraged to adopt the variety because of reasons such as demand more inputs, the lack of credit service, market problem, insect pest problem, lack of awareness and extension support on the technology. Therefore, the extension and research system have to look in to these factors to give solution for the adoption of the variety.
Highland Maize, Perception, Likert Type Scale, Agreements
To cite this article
Gemechu Shale Ogato,
Farmer's Perception Towards Agricultural Technology - The Case of Improved Highland Maize Varieties Adoption in Selected Kebeles of Toke Kutaye District, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia, Journal of World Economic Research.
Vol. 8, No. 1,
2019, pp. 1-7.
Copyright © 2019 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abadi Ghadim, A. K., Pannell, D. J. and Burton, M. P. 2005. Risk, uncertainty and learning in adoption of a crop innovation. Agricultural Economics, 33:1-9.
Adesina, A. A. and M. M. Zinnah. 1993. Farmer Perceptions and Adoption Decisions: A Tobit Model Application in Sierra Leone. Agricultural Economics, 9: 297-311.
Adesina, A. A. and Chianu J. (2002). Determinants of farmers’ adoption and adaptation of alley farming technology in Nigeria. Agroforestry System 55: 255-265.
Berhane, G., Paulos, Z., Tafere, K., & Tamru, S. (2011). Food grain consumption and calorie intake patterns in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: IFPRI.
Bonin, M., Cattan P., 2006. Convergences and differences between the objectives of the financial support facilities and those of the farmers: the case of fallow periods in banana Production of Guadeloupe. Fruits, 2006, 61, 9–23.
Dasgupta, Satadal, 1989. Diffusion of Agricultural Innovations in Village India. Wiley Eastern Limited, New Delhi. 231p.
Demeke, M. (2012). Analysis of incentives and disincentives for maize in Ethiopia. Technical notes series, MAFAP. Rome: FAO.
Demissew et al., 2013,: Farmers’ Perceptions of Maize Production Systems and Breeding Priorities, and Their Implications for the Adoption of New Varieties in Selected Areas of the Highland Agro-Ecology of Ethiopia: Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 5, No. 11.
J. Becerril and A. Abdulai, 2010, The impact of improved maize varieties on poverty in Mexico: A Propensity score approach. World Development, 2010, 38(7): 10240.1016/j.worlddev.2009.11.017
Lapar, M. L. A. and Ehui, S. 2004. Factors affecting adoption of dual-purpose forages in the Philippine uplands. Agricultural Systems 81: 95-114.
McCann, J. C. (2005). Maize and grace: Africa’s encounter with a newworld crop, 1500–2000. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Nkonya, E., T. Schroeder and D. Norman, 1997. Factors affecting adoption of improved maize seed and fertilizer in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 4:1-12.
Oladele, O. L., and O. P Fawole, 2007. Farmers’ Perception of the Relevance of Agricultural Technologies in South-Western Nigeria. Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. J. Hum. Ecol. 21(3):191-194.
Rahmeto Negash, 2007. Determinants of improved haricot bean production package in Alaba special wored, Southern Ethiopia. M.Sc. Thesis Presented To School of Graduate Studies of Haramaya University.
Tsedeke et al, 2005: Factors that transformed maize productivity in Ethiopia.
Twumasi-Afriyie, et al, (2002). Development and Improvement of Highland Maize in Ethiopia. In M. Nigusse, & D. Tanner (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second National Maize Workshop of Ethiopia, 12-16 November 2001 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (pp. 31-38). Addis Ababa: EARO and CIMMYT.
Woreda Office of Agricultural and Rural Development (WOARD), 2016. Activity performance reports. Unpublished document, Toke kutaye, Ethiopia.