Access to and Utilization of Agricultural Information by Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Deder District, Eastern Hararghe Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

Access to and Utilization of Agricultural Information by Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Deder District, Eastern Hararghe Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia

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Title: Access to and Utilization of Agricultural Information by Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Deder District, Eastern Hararghe Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia
Author: Assefa, Million; Dr. Yared, Mamo
Abstract: This study set out to identify major sources of agricultural information, factors that affect access and utilization of agricultural information and examine the current level of access and utilization of agricultural information of coffee among respondents. In order to achieve objective of the study 160 respondents were selected from five villages of Geba-gudina kebele in Deder district. The survey was conducted to collect the primary data from sample respondents. Secondary data were collected from various sources of published and unpublished documents. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical analysis to describe characteristics of users and non-users of the group. A binary logistic regression model was fitted to identify the potential variables influencing access and utilization of agricultural information. Among sixteen (16) explanatory variables included in the logistic model, nine (9) of them were significant at less than 10 % probability level. The study revealed that most of the smallholder coffee growers preferred informal sources such as friends, neighbors, family and model farmers (45%) as their source of agricultural information of coffee while the least used source was coffee cooperatives and union center (1.8%). Furthermore, the actual access and utilization score of agricultural information of coffee among the smallholder coffee growers ranges between 6.25% (high) and 71.88% (low), which implies that the current level of access and utilization of agricultural information is low among respondents. Therefore, attempts to promote agricultural production of coffee through access to and utilization of agricultural information could be successful if the demographic, socio-economic, institutional and psychological factors and constraints that hinder smallholder coffee growers are taken in to account.
Description: 129p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3029
Date: 2016-05


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