The need to increase productivity of Haricot beans and improve on the livelihood of farmers led to the introduction of improved Haricot beans with shorter life cycle, high yielding and resistant to pest and diseases. Despite these positive benefits, effective adoption has been slow as farmers remain reluctant to adopt most of these varieties. The survey, thus, focus on evaluating the production, marketing and consumption of released improved Haricot beans by farmers in the Western highlands. It also examines the socio-demographic factors that influence its adoption. Primary data was collected using questionnaires and interview guides that captured information on socio-demographic factors as well as production, marketing and consumption. Results obtained showed that farmers’ experience in the cultivation of improved Haricot beans significantly influence their decision to adopt them. Mex 142 was the most adopted, cultivated and most preferred in terms of yield. In terms of marketing, Mex 142 and Ecapan 021 were the most preferred while TY3396-12 was preferred for taste. Policy makers and plant breeders should therefore lay more emphasis on preferred traits that will enhance production, marketing and consumption as a way to enhance productivity and livelihood of farmers.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN