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Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 9(2), pp. 229-241, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Adoption and Perception of Farmers towards Attributes of Improved Teff (Quncho) Varieties: Evidence from Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia


Regasa Dibaba Wake1*, Afework Hagos Mesfin2, Chilot Yirga3, Endeshaw Habte3


1Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Assosa Agricultural Research Center, P.O.Box: 265, Assosa, Ethiopia

2Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Assosa Agricultural Research Center, P.O.Box: 265, Assosa, Ethiopia

3Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;





Article No.: 041719071

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.2.041719071



Adoption of improved Teff varieties (Quncho) is very important to increase productivity and it can also improve food security. To get the expected benefit, the technology should be adopted well by smallholder farmers. However, the rate of adoption of improved varieties in the country has remained low. Hence, the study looks in to preferences of small-holder farmers to varietal attributes that determine the adoption of Teff varieties in the study area. In this study, multistage sampling techniques were employed to select sampled households from two districts. About 249 smallholder farmers were selected randomly from nine kebele administrations proportionally. Both qualitative and quantitative types of data were used. Primary data was collected by using both close ended and open ended (semi- structured) questionnaire and personal interview, focus group discussion and key informant interview was used to collect the data. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. In 2015/16 production season, about 58.23% of the sampled household were adopters 41.77% of them didn’t adopt Teff varieties in the study area. The finding of this study suggest that farmers in the area seek specific varietal attributes, such as yield potential, tolerance to disease and lodging, better Teff grain price and color, etc. The farmers’ perceptions of improved Teff varieties-specific characteristics significantly determine adoption decisions, which suggests the need to go beyond the commonly considered socio-economic, demographic and institutional factors in adoption process. Information about the benefits of improved Teff varieties should be given for farmers to increase farmer’s awareness about the preferences and develop farmer’s attitude towards improved Teff varieties. Therefore, the research centers and extension system has to give more attention to participatory research which considers farmers’ priorities and needs.


Submitted: 17/04/2019

Accepted:  25/04/2019

Published: 13/06/2019


*Corresponding Author

Regasa Dibaba,

E-mail: regasadibaba@



Improved Teff varieties; small-holder farmers; Perceptions; Varietal attributes



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Cite this Article: Regasa Dibaba Wake; Afework Hagos Mesfin; Chilot Yirga; Endeshaw Habte (2019). Adoption and Perception of Farmers towards Attributes of Improved Teff (Quncho) Varieties: Evidence from Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(2): 229-241,

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