Assessment of Adoption of Pulverizer Technology as a Method of Feed Conservation in Smallholder Dairy Farms in Emuhaya District of, Kenya
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Abstract

 

This study was an assessment of adoption of Pulverizer Technology as a method of feed conservation among smallholder dairy farmers in Emuhaya District of Vihiga, Kenya. The study was a quantitative one where variables were identified and measured. It adopted a cross-sectional descriptive survey design. The target population was the dairy farmers in Vihiga District, Kenya. Due to lack of a sampling frame, the population was assumed to be large and undefined. The sample size was 70 farmers. The study used probability sampling specifically systematic random sampling technique to collect the information from farmers. The research study used primary data collected through a semi-structured questionnaire. The data from the study was then analyzed by Statistical Programme for Social Sciences (SPSS).Descriptive statistics such as descriptive, frequencies and inferential statistics such as regression analysis and Pearson correlation were used in the analysis. The findings indicated that adoption of Pulverizer technology as a feed conservation method was low and none of the technological factors influenced adoption level of the technology. Results showed that socioeconomic factors such as education of the respondents and farm size had a positive and significant relationship with adoption of Pulverizer technology as a feed conservation method.The study recommends that there is need to improve the level of education in the area of study. This can be done through continued government funding of free primary and secondary education so that majority of people can have basic information. In addition to this, extension and other interventions should target large farms.

 

 

Key words: Technology, Pulverizer, feed conservation, smallholder dairy farms, Vihiga District.