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Factors influencing the adoption of improved wheat varieties by rural households in Sindh, Pakistan

College of Economics, Sichuan Agricultural University, Huimin Rd. 211, Wenjiang District, Chengdu, China

This study examines the factors affecting the adoption of high-yield wheat varieties by wheat farmers in Sindh, Pakistan. A cross-sectional data of randomly selected 240 wheat farmers from Shaheed Benazirabad and Naushahro Feroze districts in the middle region of Sindh, Pakistan were collected for this study. We performed the probit model to estimate factors that influence the adoption of improved wheat varieties. The results drawn from the estimations show that the adoption of improved wheat varieties by farmers in the study area was positively and significantly influenced by education, farming experience, landholding size, tube-well ownership, extension contact and access to credit. The study recommends that public and private sectors should encourage access to extension service to improve of dissemination of certified seed of wheat crop among the growers through trainings, workshops and seminars.
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Keywords adoption; wheat; improved varieties; Pakistan

Citation: Abbas Ali Chandio, Yuansheng Jiang. Factors influencing the adoption of improved wheat varieties by rural households in Sindh, Pakistan. AIMS Agriculture and Food, 2018, 3(3): 216-228. doi: 10.3934/agrfood.2018.3.216

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