Adoption and dis-adoption of farm mechanization in Bangladesh: Case of rice-wheat thresher
Agricultural mechanization has the potential to greatly increase cropping intensity and production. The identification of factors that influence adoption and dis-adoption will assist policymakers in filling knowledge gaps, allowing for more successful policy implementation in Bangladesh. As a result, this study was carried out to ascertain the factors influencing the adoption and dis-adoption of rice-wheat threshers in Bangladesh. The International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey (BIHS) data were used in the analysis. A total of 5605 households were selected to fulfill the objectives, and a bivariate probit model was employed. According to the findings, 52.41% households adopted the thresher, with 13.75% abandoning it later. When compared to non-adopters, farmers with larger farm sizes and regular extension contacts were 31% and 33% more likely to adopt. Dis-adoption analysis, on the other hand, revealed that the chance of dis-adoption was 9.3% lower for households that maintained contact with extension officers as compared to their counterparts. Demand-driven extension services have the ability to promote adoption while lowering dis-adoption. Farmer-based groups and technology-based extension initiatives can help to keep adoption going.
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