Why do Smallholder Farmers Apply Inorganic Fertilizers below the Recommended Rates? Empirical Evidence from Potato Production in Eastern Ethiopia
Degefu Kebede* and Mengistu Ketema
School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Degefu Kebede
School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
Haramaya University, Haramaya, PO Box 95, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 24, 2017 Accepted Date: March 20, 2017 Published Date: March 27, 2017
Citation: Kebed D, Ketema M (2017) Why do Smallholder Farmers Apply Inorganic Fertilizers below the Recommended Rates? Evidence from Potato Production in Eastern Ethiopia. Adv Crop Sci Tech 5: 265. doi: 10.4172/2329-8863.1000265
Copyright: © 2017 Kebed D, et al. 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 credited.
Evidences suggested that use levels of inorganic fertilizers in potato production in Ethiopia are below the recommended rates. This study is aimed at accessing factors contributing to this. The study utilized data collected from 171 randomly selected potato producing households. A two-limit Tobit model result revealed that variation in districts, access to irrigation, frequency of extension contact, and livestock holding significantly affected intensity of adoption of both DAP and Urea in potato production. In addition, access to credit and annual income significantly determined adoption intensity of DAP. It is therefore, essential to give due emphasis to these determinants in supporting smallholder farmers in order to enhance potato productivity.