Factors That Influence Adoption and Dis-adoption of New Improved Wheat Varieties in Kenya

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Anne Gichagi
Adrian Wekulo Mukhebi
Festus Murithi
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This study identified determinants of adoption of the new improved wheat varieties (NIWV) among farmers of two Counties in Kenya and subsequently assess the factors influencing the adoption and disadoption of NIWV. Two econometric techniques were used to address the objectives. Firstly, a probit regression was employed to identify factors affecting the adoption of NIWV. Secondly, probit regression was used to analyze the determinants of the disadoption of NIWV adoption. Thirdly, Tobit regression was used to analyze the duration model for adoption. Results revealed that variables such as education, group membership, farm size and quantity of grain harvested, influenced adoption of NIWV. While education, access to extension, dairy farming and price of wheat grain influenced dis-adoption decision. Access to extension, quantity harvested, distance to farmer‘s field, and number of years that the farmers has adopted the NIWV influenced the duration of adoption. Ministries of agriculture, variety release systems, and government seed companies can speed up adoption by clearly describing the advantages of the NIWV supported by reliable data and aggressively demonstrating and promoting these varieties.
Global Scientific Journal, 7 (8), p. 1178-1196