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Trends in Agricultural Economics
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-10
DOI: 10.3923/tae.2014.1.10
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Constraints Faced by Development Agents in North-Western Ethiopia

Zerihun Nigussie Gebresilasie

In Ethiopia, agricultural extension and advisory services are expected to play crucial role in improving the agricultural sector in general and the livelihood of small-scale farmers in particular. However, it faced various constraints. The objective of this study was to examine constraints faced by development agents. Data collected from 250 development agents working in Amhara region was the empirical basis of this study. The study result showed that development agents in all zones have the role of selecting and deciding who should take part in the agricultural extension packages. Moreover, their service provision is inclined to middle income farmers. The most important source of extension information for them is the trainings provided by the woreda agricultural offices and they mostly contact farmers on weekly basis. The study also revealed that a number of factors constrain their agricultural extension activities. Out of the eighteen constraints identified to affect the performance of development agents, six of them were found to be most important. These constraints in their order of importance are lack of entrepreneurship related trainings; lack of finance and other inputs to run farmer training centers; agriculture office enforcement of development agents to serve as a general practitioner; lack of transport, stationery and office equipments; and burden of administrative and other non-extension works. Therefore, government should address these constraints to make the agricultural extension activities of development agents efficient through availing start-up fund, means of transport and communication, arranging business related soft-skill trainings and relieving development agents from non-extension workloads.
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Zerihun Nigussie Gebresilasie , 2014. Constraints Faced by Development Agents in North-Western Ethiopia. Trends in Agricultural Economics, 7: 1-10.

DOI: 10.3923/tae.2014.1.10






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