African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

Factors affecting proportions of land allocated to the mini-sett technology by yam producers in Northern Ghana

Wiredu A. N.1*, Gyasi K. O.2, Saaka S. S. J.1, Asante B. O.3 and Mensah-Bonsu A.4
  1CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Tamale, Ghana. 2World Bank, Ghana. 3CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana. 4University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 June 2012
  •  Published: 31 July 2012

Abstract

 

The study investigated factors affecting proportions of land allocated to the yam mini-sett technology among 120 randomly selected farmers in Northern Ghana. About 41% of the farmers allocated about 33% of their yam land to the technology. Results from the Tobit regression model suggest that the dissemination of the technology must also target farmers who are non-natives, household heads, less experienced, have large household sizes, and record low yields. The process must consider the type of cropping systems, seed yam production and collaborations with non-formal educational programs. Training must promote positive perception about the technology and proliferation of off-farm income generating activities.

 

Key words: Adoption, Northern Ghana, Tobit, yam mini-sett.