Determinants of Farmers Access to Information about Improved Wheat Varieties: Case of farmers in major wheat growing regions of Ethiopia

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Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Wheat, Wheat Varieties Information, Ethiopia
Authors:
Kelemu, Kaleb
Journal:
IJRAS
Volume:
4
Number:
1
Pages:
43-50
Month:
January
ISSN:
2348-3997
Abstract:
Wheat plays crucial role in addressing food security problems in Ethiopia. Increasing wheat production and productivity depend on use of improved varieties in which farmer’s access to information about improved wheat which involves, sources and availability of the different varieties, is critical factor. This study was, therefore, conducted with an objective of examining factors that influence probability of wheat growing farmer’s access to information about improved wheat varieties using data collected from 1611 farm households from major wheat growing regions of Ethiopia. Logistic regression model were employed and several socioeconomic and institutional factors such as wheat growing experience, age, education level, family size, total livestock owned (measured in TLU), model farmer, farmers contact with extension workers, mobile telephone and radio ownership significantly influenced probability of farmer’s access to improved wheat varieties. The study conclude proportion of farmer who don’t have information about improved wheat varieties is very high therefore, it is recommended that the extension system has to expand span of its operation to reach all farmers with information about improved wheat varieties. For doing this targeted radio program on wheat to provide information for wheat farmers will have to be enhanced. Mobile telephone service has to be expanded and strengthened in areas where there is limited access as farmers who have owned mobile telephone have higher probability of accessing information about improved wheat varieties
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