Adoption of exotic chicken breeds by rural poultry keepers in Ethiopia uri icon

abstract

  • This study examines factors that determine the probability and intensity of adoption of exotic chickens among rural poultry producers in Ethiopia. A total of 240 respondents were interviewed from households that were selected by systematic random sampling. The differences between adopters and non-adopters were identified using descriptive statistics. Factors that affect the probability and intensity of adoption were identified using the Heckman selection two-step model. Adopters of exotic chickens had more social contact and less livestock income than non-adopters. Additionally, adopters had access to an off-farm income and credit and considered exotic chickens easier to manage than non-adopters (p < 0.001). In the econometric analysis, the probability of adopting exotic chickens was found to be positively affected by access to an an off-farm income (p < 0.01) and negatively by livestock income (p < 0.05). The intensity of adoption was negatively affected by being male household head (p < 0.001), having a larger farm size (p < 0.01), and having livestock income (p < 0.05).

publication date

  • 2014
  • 2014