Rice

Agricultural technology adoption, commercialization and smallholder rice farmers’ welfare in rural Nigeria

This study assessed the determinants of intensity of adoption of Improved Rice Varieties (IRVs) and the effect of market participation on farmers’ welfare in Nigeria using the Tobit and Heckman two-stage models, respectively. The sample consists of cross-sectional data of 600 rice farmers selected randomly from three notable rice producing States in Nigeria.

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Access to livelihood capitals and propensity for entrepreneurship amongst rice farmers in Ghana

This paper examines rice farmers’ access to livelihood capitals (natural, financial, physical, social and human) and the relationship and propensity for entrepreneurship capacities amongst rice farmers in the northern and Ashanti regions of Ghana. A simple random and purposive sampling method was used to select a sample size of 301 rice farmers in the two regions. A structured questionnaire was used in conducting the study. The data was analysed with IBM SPSS version 21 using frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviation.

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Determination of optimum seed rate for productivity of rice (Oryza Sativa L.), at Woito, Southern Ethiopia

A field experiment was undertaken at Woito, to determine the effect of seed rate on productivity of rice (Oryza Sativa L.), at Woito. The experiment was conducted with five levels of seed rate (40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 kg ha-1). The treatments were laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with four replications. Phenological and growth parameters such as yield and yield components, total biomass and harvest index were studied. The result showed that all the phenological and growth parameters except panicle length per plant were significantly affected by the treatments.

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Factors influencing participation in rice development projects: the case of smallholder rice farmers in Northern Ghana.

Participation in rice development project is an important platform for joint learning and technology transfer. The present study quantifies the factors influencing participation in rice development projects among smallholder rice farmers in Northern Ghana. A total of 400 rice farmers selected through multi-stage sampling technique were interviewed. The result shows a significant variation in the demographic and institutional characteristics among the farmers by participation in rice development projects.

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Grain quality and determinants of farmers preference for rice varietal traits in three districts of Ghana: Implications for research and policy

Rice has become a popular staple in Africa because it is a convenience food for the rapidly increasing urban population. In Ghana about 70% of the rice consumed is imported. Domestic rice is not competitive because of its perceived poor grain quality. This study assessed the influence of grain quality and other factors on farmers’ preference for improved rice varieties. It also investigated how specific grain quality attributes influence farmers’ preference for improved rice varieties.

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Factors affecting the adoption and use of NERICA varieties among rice producing households in Ghana

This paper uses cross sectional data which were collected from 200 smallholder rice producers in Ghana, to examine the factors influencing the adoption and extent of use of NERICA rice varieties in Ghana. About 57.93 per cent of the sampled rice producers allocated 35.77 per cent of their land to NERICA accounting for about 33.13 per cent of seeds planted.

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