International Journal of Horticulture and Food Science
2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A
Adoption of improved haricot bean production packages by smallholder farmers: The case of Humbo Woreda, Wolaita zone, Southern Ethiopia
Zerihun Goa and Dabalke Dabala
This study was conducted in Wolaita zone, Humbo Woreda, SNNP regional state. The general objective of the study was to assess farmers’ responses towards adoption of improved haricot bean production packages in smallholder farmers. Multi-stage sampling, purposive and simple random sampling procedure were followed to select the woreda, kebeles and the households for the study. The data were collected from 120 randomly selected sample households from three selected kebeles using probability proportional to size sampling techniques. The semi-Structured interview schedule was developed, pre-tested and used for gathering the important data for the study from the sampled households. Focus group discussion and key informant interviews were also conducted to generate qualitative data. In addition, secondary data were collected from relevant sources such as agricultural and rural development offices. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics were used to describe the nature of data and examine the significance of the relationship between dependent variable and independent variable. Additionally, ordered logit model was used to determine the relative influence of independent variables on the dependent variable. The result of descriptive statistics revealed that out of the total sample respondents 66% were adopters and 45% of them were non-adopters. In this study the adoption index was calculated to differentiate low, medium and high adopter category as improved haricot bean varieties, seeding rate and fertilizer rate. The results of the study indicated that sex, education, participation in social organization, access to credit, contact with extension agent, Farm size, tropical livestock unit, participation in extension events, distance to market center were found to have positive and significant influence on adoption of improved haricot bean production packages. While non-farm activity, farming experience, age, and family size of the households not significantly related to the adoption of improved haricot bean production packages. The general findings of the study emphasized the importance of institutional support in the areas of extension, research and training concerning the production of improved haricot bean. Hence, agricultural policy and development interventions should be given attention to the enhancement of such institutional support to farmers so as to achieve wider adoption of the variety, increased productivity and earnings to smallholder farmers.
Zerihun Goa, Dabalke Dabala. Adoption of improved haricot bean production packages by smallholder farmers: The case of Humbo Woreda, Wolaita zone, Southern Ethiopia. Int J Hortic Food Sci 2022;4(2):30-38.