Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017)
Factors that influences the adoption of horticultural innovations among farmers in Wareng sub-country, Kenya
Author(s): Jepchirchir Tisia
Abstract: This paper sought to determine the factors that influence the adoption of horticultural innovations currently practiced by farmers in Wareng Sub- County, Kenya. This study adopted a descriptive survey method. The sampling frame for this study was 1480 households and 35 technical staff from Ministry of Agriculture in Wareng Sub- County. Systematic random sampling technique was used in selecting 182 household heads and purposive sampling technique was used in selecting 6 technical staff from Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries. Both primary and secondary data was obtained for the study. Interviews schedules, questionnaires and observation were used for data collection. The study utilized descriptive analysis techniques. Quantitative data was analyzed by use of measures of frequency distribution such as frequencies, and percentages while qualitative data was summarized and interpreted in line with the research objectives and questions. Results of data analysis were presented in form of figures and tables. It emerged that the most important factors that influenced adoption of horticultural innovations amongst the farmers in the Sub-County included training attended by farmers (16.3%) land size (14.3%, ) yields associated(14.2%) and educational level of farmers (13.9%). Trainings for the farmers should be organized in such a way that most farmers can afford and should be at venues very convenient to most of the farmers.