Modelling Cocoa Farmer Behaviour Concerning the Chemical Control of Capsid in the Sekyere Area Ashanti Region, Ghana

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This paper modelled the behaviour of the cocoa farmer in the Sekyere Area (Sekyere West, Afigya Sekyere and Sekyere Central), Ashanti Region, Ghana, concerning the chemical control of capsid. This was done by identifying the factors that determined the use of capsicide as well as the frequency of spray of capsicide (twice or more). It also quantified the effect of the factors on the use of capsicide and the frequency of spray of capsicide (twice or more) using a Tobit model and a Probit model respectively. A simultaneous Bi-Probit model was also employed to quantify the simultaneous effect of the factors that determined the frequency of use and quantity of use of capsicide. It was shown in the study that access to credit, household size and membership of a farmers’ group had statistically significant and highly probable influence on the cocoa farmer to spray twice or more. Also, access to credit, farmer’s experience, engagement in other economic activities, membership of farmers’ group and input shop availability were significant and had the same effect on the likelihood of the farmer using capsicide.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in partial fulfillment of the requirements for degree of Master of Philosophy, Agricultural Economics