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Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

Analysis of farmers Participation in Public Agricultural Extension Services: The Case of Meskan Woreda, Gurage Zone, Ethiopia

Getu Mitiku, Tesfaye Lemma

Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research, Wondogenet Agricultural Research Center, Wondogenet, Ethiopia

Haramaya University, Department of Rural development and agricultural extension, Haramaya, Ethiopia.

Accepted 25 September 2017

Citation: Mitiku G, Lemma T (2017). Analysis of farmers Participation in Public Agricultural Extension Services: The Case of Meskan Woreda, Gurage Zone, Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, 3(3): 241-250.

Copyright: © 2017 Mitiku and Lemma. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

The study analyzed female-headed and male-headed households’ participation in public agricultural extension services: The Case of Meskan Woreda, Gurage Zone, Ethiopia. The objectives were to assess participation of female-headed and male-headed farmers in major crop and livestock extension packages, and to identify determinants of participation. A multi-stage purposive sampling technique was employed to select Region, Woredas, and Kebeles. Samples were taken from four Kebeles: Wita, Yimariwacho third, Mesrak meskan and Welansho second based agro ecology using probability proportional to size sampling technique. Finally, a total of (143) sampled male (92) and female-headed households (51) were selected by using systematic random sampling method. Sampled household heads survey data were collected using pre-tested structured interview schedule, focus group discussions and key informants interview. Descriptive and Binary logistic were employed to analyze the collected survey data. Among 14 explanatory variables included in to the logit model: land size, Development agent contact frequency, and mass media exposure had positive and statistically significant while sex, age and market distance had negative and statistically significant on Farming household head’s in crop and livestock extension services. The study recommends that, enhancing efficient delivery of services and increasing young age of household head farmers in terms of equal sex participation, farm size, Development agent contact, and mass media access would improve household head farmers’ participation in public agricultural extension services. 

Keywords: crop and livestock extension packages; female-headed, male-headed, binary logit