International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.2 (5), pp.215-223, May 2014
Article ID JPR068/14/09 Pages
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Original Research Paper
Challenges of farmers’ innovativeness in central zone, Tigray, Ethiopia
Accepted 3 May, 2014
Girma Gezimu Gebre* and Dawit Mamo Zegeye
Aksum University, Department of Agricultural Economics, Shire Campus, P.O.Box 314, Ethiopia.
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Transformation of agriculture is essential for sustainable growth and national progress of developing countries. To be successful in achieving this objective Extension worker, researchers, development practitioners, and institutions involved in rural development have to play a crucial role in increasing farmers’ competency. This is measured by their success in making farmers use their ability to innovate. However, in most cases Extension is seen trying to transfer technologies developed by research scientists to farmers. But many of these technologies are too expensive for the hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers. Moreover, these packages are often standardized and promoted countrywide, without concerning to agro ecological differences. Therefore; the main objective of this study was to assess farmers’ innovativeness and realize its challenges in the central zone, Tigray. To achieve this objective both purposive and random sampling procedure were used to select representative samples in the study area of the region. Accordingly, total of 160 representative farmers were intervened to generate primary data. In addition, secondary data were collected from relevant sources. Binary logit model was employed to identify the determinant factors in farmers’ innovativeness. 12 explanatory variables were used for the binary logit model, out of which 5 were found to be significant to affect farmers’ innovativeness. These were farm experience, participation in non-farm activities, participation in extension events, access to credit service and participation in social organizations. Any effort in promoting farmers’ innovativeness, therefore, should consider these factors.
Key words: Farmer, innovation, probability of being innovative farmer, Tigray