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Global Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

ISSN:  2408-5480 Vol. 3 (9), pp. 295-307, October, 2015

Full Length Research Paper

Adoption of conservation agricultural practices: The case of Dangila District, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Haimanot Atinkut Bazezew

College of Agriculture and Rural Transformation, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

E-mail: gondar03@gmail.com  or Haimanot.atinkut@uog.edu.et, Cell phone: +0025-19 18 29 5305

Accepted 25 September, 2015

Abstract

Conservation agriculture (CA) is a set of practices, such as conservation tillage, soil cover and crop rotation, which increases productivity while conserving soil. Despite adoption of CA is a golden opportunity to reduce and recover aggravated soil erosion, nutrient depletion and maximize crop produce, its by farmers in Dangila district hindered because of many pessimistic perception by farmers. This study, therefore, assessed factors that affect adoption decision behavior of farmers’ to CA and its implication on soil health and crop productivity in Dangila district. Multistage sampling procedure was used to identify kebeles and sample respondents. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data while multinomial logit model were used to identify the most important factors that determine adoption decision of CA practices. Results of from multinomial logit indicated that age of household head, educational status, distance from the plot, soil fertility status, total livestock owned and participation in kebele administration had significant influence on farmers’ adoption of CA practices. Generally, the results of this study indicated that adoption of CA is the cumulative of many factors, which should be given due attention in the innovation and transfer of agricultural technologies like conservation agriculture implementation at grass root level. 

Key words: Conservation agriculture, Adoption, Multi-stage, Multinomial logit model