Characteristics of Farmer Adopters of High Value Horticultural Crops in Indonesia
Improving the participation of smallholder farmers in horticultural value chains to benefit from the rapidly growing demand for high value agricultural products is one strategy for raising farm income. However, smallholder farmer adoption of high value horticultural crops in Indonesian is under-researched. To address this knowledge gap, this study aims to examines the characteristics of farmers who adopted and those who did not adopt a new horticultural crop with respect to the household (farmer), farm and institutional characteristics. The unique data from a 2013 survey of 960 Indonesian farmers on Java Island that produce a variety of agricultural products was analysed using independent-sample t-tests. Basic statistical analysis showed relatively low adoption rates (10%) of new horticultural crops amongst 960 selected Indonesian farmers with different characteristics. The result showed that current low rates of horticultural crop adoption are associated with a variety of factors, such as lower levels of education among farmers, resource constraints, lack of information on horticultural crop production and low participation in farmer groups.
Keywords: horticultural crops, smallholder farmer adoption, household
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).