Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Adoption of Yam Minisett Technology in South eastern Nigeria : A Probit Analysis

Augustine J. Udoh, Anietie Idio, Emmanuel Umoh and Unyime Robson


Nigeria is responsible for 70% of global harvest of white yam (Dioscorea rotundata). Though Nigeria produces most of the annual output of 28 million tones of yam, the major constraint to increased yam production in the country is scarcity of seed yam. To reduce scarcity and improve on yam production, yam minisett technology trials had been sponsored by European Economic Community (EEC) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Akwa Ibom State, Anambra, Cross River and Rivers States of Nigeria. This study therefore investigated the factors that influence adoption of yam minisett technology in Akwa Ibom State in the Southeastern Nigeria. A probit model used to identify the factors that affect the decision to adopt yam minisett showed that the estimated coefficient of age was positive but not statistically significant. However, the estimated coefficients for education, awareness and risk were positive and highly significant. Acquisition of higher level of education, increase in awareness and risk of adoption will consequently result in an increase in the adoption of yam minisett technology

Keyword: Adoption; Yam minisett; T

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