Utilization of rice technologies by limited-resource farm households in Trinidad


  • Wayne G. Ganpat Extension Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joseph Seepersad Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago


Technology utilization, Household decision-making, Rice farming


This study examined the utilization behaviour of rice-based farmers in Trinidad. Six recommended practices were investigated from a farm household perspective. The intensity of use of these practices, the main users, and the decision-making patterns were also determined. Data were collected from 100 limited-resource farm households. Descriptive results show that high use was made of recommended varieties (95%), recommended age to transplanting (84%), and recommended spacings (81%). There was an average of 40% of joint decision-making with respect to use of the components. Husbands showed the highest time involvement (43%) over all activities, followed by hired workers (23%). The results of the regression analyses indicated that different variables determined the use of the practices studied. The psychological factors (perception of the technology, perception of risk, and goal orientation) appeared to be more important than the other factors.



Research Papers