International Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
International Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development ISSN 3254-5428 Vol. 8 (3), pp. 001-015, March, 2020. © International Scholars Journals
Full Length Research Paper
Adoption and willingness to pay for the push-pull technology among smallholder maize farmers in Rwanda
Saliou Niassy1*, Michael Kidoido1, Nyang’au Isaac Mbeche1, Jimmy Pittchar1, Girma Hailu1, Rachel Owino1, David Amudavi2 and Zeyaur Khan1
1International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), P.O. Box 30772- 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
2Biovision Africa Trust C/O International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Carroll Wilson Building, Ground Floor, P.O. Box 30772, 00100, Duduville, Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya.
Accepted 17 January, 2020
The adoption and willingness to pay for a new technology by farmers is a sign of confidence on its effective performance and a motivation for the researchers and extension agents. This study comprised an assessment of the factors that influence the adoption and willingness to adopt and pay for push-pull technology (PPT) at over a 10% premium price by smallholder maize growers in selected districts of Rwanda. The survey was conducted in multiple villages of Nyagatare and Gatsibo districts in the Eastern province during the last quarter of 2018 on a sample of 587 farmers. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the logit model. The results showed that farmers with better education levels and adequate land, and the ability to use yield-enhancing inputs e.g. DAP were more likely to adopt PPT. The study shows that household heads with spouses who belong to farmer groups or receive extension support for crop production were likely to adopt PPT. With regard to willingness to pay for PPT, the study finds that farmers who were resource constrained, for instance those needing credit for crop production and living relatively far away from input stockists, were less likely to pay for PPT. Whereas, farmers with livestock or who were receiving extension support for crop production were more likely to pay for PPT. The study concludes that farmers’ decisions to adopt and pay for PPT depend on their socio-economic circumstances and performance of the technology.
Key words: Willingness to pay, adoption, push-pull technology, maize, Rwanda.
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