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Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Adoption of Improved Sorghum Varieties in Oromia Region, Mieso District

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Samson Moges

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Chiro National Sorghum Research and Training Center, P.O.Box: 190, Chiro, Asebe Teferi, Ethiopia.

*Corresponding author: Samson Moges


Sorghum is an important crop in Mieso district. It has been producing traditionally using oxen plowing, sowing by broadcasting and threshing by animals. The grain is use for human consumption and the biomass used for animal fodder. The use of improved high yielding crop varieties by farm households remains an option to increase agricultural production and ensure food security in developing countries. The aim of this study is to identify the socio-economic factors that influence farmers’ decision to adopt improved Sorghum varieties by farmer households' in Mieso district. 160 sample households (100 adopters and 60 non-adopters) selected from six PAs of the district were interviewed using structured interview schedule. Qualitative data were collected using group discussion. Data analysis were done using Chi-square and logit linear regression were employed to analyze the influence of different variables on probability of adoption of improved sorghum varieties, using a software called STATA 12. The results of the econometric model indicated that farm size, education level, number of active labor of the household, attending field day programs, frequency of contact with extension agent and access to information and number of livestock significantly influenced at one percent probability level on adapter. Whereas, age of household head and number of dependent member of the household has negative influence on adoption of improved Sorghum varieties. The findings of the study implies that strengthening extension service and increasing farmers engagements of formal education, as most of the households had no formal education, the extension program should be intended to the less educated farmers. In addition, properly designed field demonstration should be need attention to improve the adoption rate of improved Sorghum varieties.


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How to cite this paper

Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Adoption of Improved Sorghum Varieties in Oromia Region, Mieso District

How to cite this paper: Samson Moges. (2022) Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Adoption of Improved Sorghum Varieties in Oromia Region, Mieso District. International Journal of Food Science and Agriculture6(1), 17-23.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2022.03.004

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