International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
pp. 63-69, March 2017
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 16/ID/JPR082/07/ pages
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Original Research Article
Performance and perceptions of adoption of crossbred cattle by smallholder in Bangladesh
Md. Abdul Quddus
Department of Agricultural Statistics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
Author’s Email: aqdds1957(at)gmail.com
The study was carried out to analyze small farmers’ performance and perceptions in adoption of crossbred cattle and the socioeconomic factors that affects on adoption. A total of 280 small farm dairy households were interviewed using a pre-tested questionnaire in four different agro-ecological zones in Bangladesh. The statistical tools like Chi-square test, Cobb-Douglas production function and logistic model were used for analyze the collected data. Performance of the crossbred cattle was better than that of indigenous cattle in respect to milk production, profitability and input used. Reception of extension services was higher for crossbred cows (67.2%) than that of indigenous (32.8%). Experience in dairying, earning members in the family and reception of extension services were more likely to be adoption of crossbred cattle. Farmers’ perception was better in terms of technical skill, attitude towards technical change and communication ability. Availability and low price of concentrate feeds, improvement of scientific knowledge of the farmers, perception of artificial insemination (AI) and adoption awareness may be increased for improved crossbred dairying. It is concluded that extension services should be strengthened to motivate the small dairy farm holder to shift from indigenous to crossbred dairying and provision of subsidy for improved dairying and research-extension-farmer linkage activities should be established.
Key words: Adoption of crossbred cattle, extension services, farmers perception, odds ratio, socioeconomic factors