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Title: A study of the factors Related to the Adoption of Technical Information on Maize Production among Small Scale Farmers in Njoro Division
Authors: Maina, Faith Nicola
Keywords: Technical Information -- Maize Production
Issue Date: Oct-1996
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Great emphasis has been placed on Agriculture in Kenya because of the dominant role the sector plays in the economy of Kenya. Presently, the only avenue that remains to be exploited in the efforts to increase agricultural production is intensification of production. A crop of particular importance in Kenya and that requires intensification is maize. However, among small scale farmers, partial adoption constrains intensification of production. The purpose of this study was to describe the factors which are related to the adoption of technical information on maize production by small scale farmers in Njoro Division. It is expected that the information obtained from this study will be useful to policy makers, maize researchers and local extension personnel in their efforts of improving maize production in the area. Many variables influence adoption of modern technologies. However, in this study emphasis was laid on, among other things, farmers’ perceptions and social values (namely familism, empathy and scientism) which have received little research attention. Some personal, social and situational variables have also been tackled. All these constituted the independent variables in the study while adoption was the dependent variable. This study was a descriptive survey. Disproportionate stratified sampling was carried out to select a sample size of 161 farmers for the study. Data were collected by use of a structured Descriptive statistics were used to describe the variables. inferential statistics namely chi-square and index of correlation were used to find out the relationship between adoption and various variables. Various hypotheses were accepted or rejected at the probability level of 5%. Significant relationships were found between adoption and awareness of depth of planting, gender, empathy, scientism, size of land holding, commercial orientation, use of credit, urban contact and some of the faunas‘ perceptions. It was concluded that pnovision of extension services should be matched with provision of appropriate research recommendations and development of agricultural related infrastructure in order to ensure that adoption of innovations occurs effectively Recommendations that arose fiomtbis study included the need to: review the pricing policies of inputs and outputs, review the credit facilities available to small scale farmers, increase the yield potential of H500 series by maize researchers and bridge various knowledge gaps identified among the farmers.
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