African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6848

Article in Press

Adoption of the improved sorghum variety (melkame) in the west hararghe, mieso district

Samson Moges Zeleke

  •  Received: 12 December 2023
  •  Accepted: 12 March 2024
Sorghum bicolor, also known as sorghum, is a type of grass grown for its grain. A study was conducted to identify the factors that affect the adoption of the Melkam sorghum variety in the Mieso district. The primary data was collected from 160 randomly selected respondents, and econometric models were used to analyze the relationship between various factors and the adoption of the Melkam sorghum variety. Descriptive and inferential methods were employed to analyze the data. The results showed that the use of the improved sorghum (Melkam) was positively correlated with the availability of an active working labor force in the household. Additionally, the size of the family and the frequency of contact with extension agents significantly influenced farmers' decisions to adopt the improved sorghum (Melkam) variety, with t-values of 5.07 and 6.73 at 1 percent, respectively. To encourage the adoption of new technologies, extension agents should increase their traditional knowledge-sharing methods and modern extension systems. It is recommended that extension agents prioritize households with larger family sizes as potential adopters of new technologies while also paying special attention to households with smaller family sizes.

Keywords: Adoption, Melkam Sorghum Variety, Corrlation, Regression