Adoption of improved sorghum and pearl millet varieties in Tanzania

Monyo, E S and Mgonja, M A and Ngereza, J A and Rohrbach, D D (2002) Adoption of improved sorghum and pearl millet varieties in Tanzania. International Sorghum and Millets Newsletter, 43. pp. 12-14.

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A formal survey was conducted to assess the level of adoption and acceptance of new varieties, household strategies for seed supply and the degree to which farmers are replacing traditional varieties. Information was obtained from nine regions of Tanzania and two districts from each region were selected on the basis of importance of the crop in terms of hectarage, production and consumption. A minimum of 8 respondents was interviewed from two villages in each district, totalling 16 respondents per district. The national survey therefore included a total of 267 respondents. The sorghum varieties Tegemeo, Pato, Macia, Serena and Seredo were targeted for adoption along with pearl millet varieties Serere 17, Okoa and Shibe. The survey revealed that the proportion of farmers who are aware of the new improved sorghum varieties ranges from about 16% in Lindi (southern Tanzania) to as high as 80% in Dodoma (central Tanzania). Similarly, the proportion of farmers aware of the new improved pearl millet varieties ranges from 2% in the Lake Zone (Mwanza) to 44% in the Central Zone (Dodoma). The majority of the farmers learned of the new varieties through the extension service.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2011 08:35
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2011 08:35
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