Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and other countries in the region lead to remove the import duties to Colombia on the vast majority of agricultural products, particularly for rice. This would affect the rice price, and rcduce rice farmers' income. Hence, Colombian rice farmers require improvement levels of efficiency to be competitive with the products from other countries. This study aims to determine the demands for fanning technologies and appropriate transfer methods of rice farmers, and to identify the determinants of farmers' demands for those technologies. Ibague was selected to be the study area. Data was collected through face-To-face interview in April 2015. 105 rice fanners were interviewed, but only 70 respondents were included for analysis. Descriptive analysis was used to determine the demands for technologies and transferring methods. Then we adopted multivariate regression to identify the relationship between farmers' characteristics and component scores obtained from principal component amalysis (PCA). The results suggested that farmers require technologies that could help minimizing their cost and water issue. In particular, farmers showed high interest in sowing calibration, laser land leveling, soil analysis interpretation, fertilization planning, biological pest control, pest recognition and monitoring, and proper selection of the varieties. The results indicated farmers prefer field day for technology transfer once a month on Friday. They require prior notification of invitation by email and phone call between 3 to 7 days before the events. Farmers believed that social network and radio are the crucial tools to promote the technology transfer event. The results of multivariate regression suggested that farmers' preference of farming technologies is based upon their conditional characteristics and issues being faced. Hence, all technologies should be jointly innovated by the researchers and farmers.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science