Abstract

 

Accepted 2nd February, 2017

 

The study investigated the adoption of yam minisetts technology by yam farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. One hundred and twenty yam farmers were randomly selected from the study area. The study made use of primary data with the aid of questionnaire as a means of data collection. Data on farmers’ socio-economic characteristics, level of awareness of the yam minisett technology, farmers’ knowledge, attitude and practice of the technology were analysed using descriptive statistics while Probit regression analysis was carried out to determine the relationship between socio-economic factors of the farmers and adoption of the technology. The findings revealed that farmers’ socio-economic characteristics significantly at 5% affected the likelihood to adopt yam minisett technology in Ekiti State. The farmers’ sex (.7997746), marital status (.4763562), household size (.327583), farming experience (.2542498) and educational technology (.1072602), had a positive relationship and served as an important socio-economic factors that determines the adoption of the yam minisett technology in the study area. While complexity of the technology (-.0501066), age (-.2592128) and farm size (-.1242509), had a negative relationship with the adoption of the technology. However, only sex, marital status, and educational level were statistically significant at 5%. It was concluded that sex, marital status, household size, educational level, and farming experience will lead to an increase in adoption of the yam minisett technology in the study area.

 

Keywords: Yam Minisett Technology, Adoption, Farmers, and Probit Regression.