Factors Determining Continuous Tractor Use in Benin Republic

  • Ephrème Dossavi DAYOU School of Environmental Management, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic; And Department of Environmental Management, Pan African University of Life and Earth Sciences Institute, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Emmanuel A. Ajav Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • K. L. Barnabé Zokpodo School of Environmental Management, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Benin
  • A. Isaac Bamgboye Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • L. Romain Glèlè Kakaï Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forestry Estimations, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi 04 BP 1525 Cotonou, Benin

Abstract

Agricultural machinery use is less assessed in Benin Republic. This study investigated the factors determining the continuous tractor use in Benin. A multi stage random sampling procedure was used to select tractor users in the country. A total of 203 households using agricultural machinery were surveyed using interviews and a structured questionnaire. Their information concerned socioeconomic characteristics and production activities. The logit model is used through a stepwise selection and the odds-ratio was then calculated. The results indicate tractor use is an own business of 75.91% and 71.35% are land owners. All of them recognize the positive effects of tractor use on farm productivity. The logit regression showed that the continuous use of tractor is significantly influenced by the number of hour for one (01) hectare tilled, the total area tilled per year as well as the tractor age. Moreover the tractor mark available also influenced tractor use. The most common failures were hydraulic lifting pump (16.36%), fuel filter (14.55%), clutch disc failure (9.92%), broken of plow (8.76%) and injection pump (7.60 %). This is important to prevent the future of agricultural equipment use and take action to deal with any tractor breakdown for sustainable agricultural extension in Benin.
Published
2020-07-31
How to Cite
DAYOU, Ephrème Dossavi et al. Factors Determining Continuous Tractor Use in Benin Republic. Journal of Agricultural Extension, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 3, p. 115-124, july 2020. ISSN 2408-6851. Available at: <http://aesonnigeria.org/ajm/index.php/jae/article/view/2501>. Date accessed: 05 aug. 2020.
Section
General Extension and Teaching Methods