Adoption of Modern Box Bee Hive Technology Towards Smallholder Farmers: The Case of Sodo Zuria Woreda, Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia

Zerihun Goa


This study was accompanied in wolaita zone, Sodo Zuria Woreda, SNNP regional state. The general objective of the study was to assess farmers’ responses towards factors affecting adoption of modern box bee hive technology in smallholder farmers. Multi-stage sampling procedure was followed to select the kebeles and the households for the study. The data were collected from 110 purposively selected sample households from four selected kebeles using probability proportional to size. The semi Structured interview schedule was established, pre-tested and used for assembly the important data for the study from the sampled households. For the validity and reliability of data, focus  group discussion  and  key  informant  interviews  were also conducted  to  generate  qualitative  data.  In  addition,  secondary  data  were  collected  from relevant  sources  such as internet, books,  agricultural  and  rural  development  offices. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics were used to describe the nature of data and examine the significance of the relationship between dependent variable and independent variable. Furthermore, Binary logit model was used to determine the relative influence of independent variables on the dependent variable. The result of descriptive statistics revealed that out of the total sample respondents 43.6% were adopters and 56.4 % of them were non-adopters. The results of the study indicated that sex, education, participation in cooperative organization, utilization to credit, contact with extension agent, Farm size, training, distance to market center and relative disadvantage were  found  to  have  positive  and  significant  influence  on adoption  of  improved  box bee hive technology. While non-farm activity, beekeeping experience, age, and labor force, TLU, of the households not significantly related with the adoption of improved box bee hive technology. The whole  findings of the study  underlined  the  significance  of institutional  support  in  the  areas  of  extension,  research and training concerning the production of improved  box bee hive technology. Henceforth, agricultural  policy  and  development  interventions  should  be  given consideration  to  the  enhancement  of  such  institutional  support to farmers so as to achieve  wider  adoption of improved  box bee hive technology  to smallholder farmers.

Key terms: adoption, improved box

DOI: 10.7176/ISDE/12-6-02

Publication date:October 31st 2022

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