Cocoa production, one of the most important economic activities in the Ashanti Region of
Ghana, has for sometime now been bedevilled with several problems. The most important of these is the
black pod disease caused by the Phytophthora megakarya strain of fungus, which is destroying pods in
large quantities and thus causing substantial financial loss to cocoa farmers. Research has made available
a tried and tested control technology whose adoption in the Ashanti Region is very low. This study was,
therefore, conducted to specifically evaluate the cocoa fanners’ awareness and perceptions about the
black pod disease and the control technology, cost implications of using the technology and the current
extent of use. The study used the logit model to examine the factors which influence adoption o f the
Cocoa farmers showed high degree of awareness about the disease and the recommended
technology but perceived the application o f the technology to be tedious, costly, and time consuming.
The recommended technology was found to contribute 36% o f the total cost o f cocoa production, which
confirmed the perception of the high cost of the technology. The estimated acceptability index was 16%,
indicating low extent of adoption of the technology, while extent of use among adopters was 75%. It was
found that education, available household labour, extension contacts, and access to credit influence
adoption positively; while age, gender, farm size, off-farm income, distance to source of inputs, and input
prices negatively affect adoption of the technology. To improve the adoption of the recommended
technology, the study recommends that research improves the attributes of the technology and the
research-extension-farmer linkage strengthened. More younger and educated farmers should be
encouraged to go into cocoa production, and input distribution network should be improved. Reintroduction of the inputs subsidy needs to be revisited; and finally, farmers should be reorganised into
cooperatives and associations to improve their ability to access credit.
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Frontiers, Edu. "Determinants of The Adoption of The Cocoa Black Pod Diseases Control Technology in The Ashanti Region Ghana" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 23, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/determinants-of-the-adoption-of-the-cocoa-black-pod-diseases-control-technology-in-the-ashanti-region-ghana