Promotion and adoption of yam minisett technology in Ghana. (238)
Keywords:Yam minisett technique, Seed yam, Farmer responses, Target clientele, Traditional and non-traditional yam zones, Ghana
AbstractThe minisett technique has been proposed as a method that can solve the problem of lack of planting material in Ghana. Despite its apparent advantages over traditional seed yam production methods, the technique has not been widely practised by yam farmers although it was introduced several years ago. From an analysis of reports from District and Regional Agricultural Offices and interviews with selected Agricultural Extension Officers in Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, and Northern regions, the following results were obtained: the choice of emphasis on farmers in the traditional yam zones in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions or high yam production areas of the Northern Region produced no adoption during the promotion of the technique (1989-92). The non-traditional yam zones, even without much emphasis had more positive farmer responses. The reasons for these results are discussed.