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dc.contributor.advisor Afful, D. B.
dc.contributor.advisor Chaminuka, P. Phala, Mahlatse 2019-11-18T13:02:16Z 2019-11-18T13:02:16Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (M. A. Agricultural Management (Agricultural Extension)) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Smallholder farmers’ need for regular supply of adequate, quality and affordable seed led to the establishments of Community-Based Maize Seed Production Schemes (CBSPSs) in most developing countries, including South Africa. In view of the important influence of perception on the adoption and continued use of an innovation, this study was undertaken to evaluate farmers’ perceptions of CBSPSs in Polokwane and Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipalities of Limpopo province. The conceptualization of perception used in this study was based on the Düvel (1991) framework. The evaluation focused on whether planting the scheme’s main product, improved Open-Pollinated Varieties (improved OPV maize) seed meets farmers’ needs based on their perceptions and the extent of farmers’ planting of improved OPV maize. A census approach was used in view of the small numbers of seed producers in the schemes; all scheme members (50) were, therefore, interviewed between 27 March and 21 April 2017. To allow for comparison, an equal number of farmers (50) who were not members of the scheme were also interviewed. Data was collected from farmers using a semi-structured questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were applied to analyze the data using SPSS software. A binary logistic model was used to analyze factors that influence farmer perceptions on OPV benefits. The study findings showed that there is a significant relationship between awareness knowledge of improved OPV maize and planting of improved OPV maize. Furthermore, the results showed that farmers perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of improved OPV maize seed were not different among scheme and non-scheme members as they were all in agreement that improved OPV maize have more benefits than their own previously recycled seeds. Finally, findings showed that respondents municipality and scheme membership had a significant, effect on the positive perception of planting improved OPV maize seeds. Other explanatory variables such as sex, farming experience, years of viii schooling, farm size, income and age of participants had no significant effect on farmer perceptions. It is therefore recommended that improved OPV maize be made widely available and promoted based on its advantages to enhance its adoption. Future studies on these seed schemes could look into the production and financial analysis of CBSPSs to ascertain their profitability and sustainability. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Agricultural Research Council (ARC) en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 93 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Community-based seed production scheme en_US
dc.subject Open-pollinated seed en_US
dc.subject Smallholder farmers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Corn -- Seeds -- Production (Biology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Farmers -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Seed technology en_US
dc.title Farmers' perceptions of community-based seed production schemes in Polokwane and Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipalities, Limpopo en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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