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Adoption Impact of Improved Cowpea Variety in Selected Areas of Chattogram District of Bangladesh

M. Jamal Uddin


Md. Sami Ur Rashid


M. E. A. Begum

M. Jamal Uddin 1

Md. Sami Ur Rashid 2
M. E. A. Begum 3

  1. Senior Scientific Officer, Agricultural Economics Division, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Hathazari, Chattogram, Bangladesh. 1

  2. Scientific Officer, Value Chain Development Project, Krishi Gobeshona Foundation (KGF), RARS, Hathazari, Chattogram, Bangladesh. 2

  3. Senior Scientific Officer, Agricultural Economics Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Joydebpur, Gazipur, Bangladesh. 3

Pages: 44-55

DOI: 10.18488/journal.70.2020.71.44.55

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Article History:

Received: 03 October, 2019
Revised: 08 November, 2019
Accepted: 12 December, 2019
Published: 20 January, 2020


The study was carried out in 13 villages under three Upazila’s namely Hathazari, Fatikchari and Satkania of Chattogram District, Bangladesh during 2017-18 covering 210 farmers in the selected locations. Results revealed that the rate of adoption of cowpea (BARI Cowpea-1) was found to be higher (71%) than that of the local and mixed varieties. The highest number of the respondents came to know about BARI Cowpea-1 from DAE (58.6%) followed by seed dealers (31.7%), research stations (19.0%) and NGO’s (17.0%). The average yield of BARI Cowpea-1 was recorded at 0.613/ha irrespective to all locations; which indicated that the productivity of this variety has been declined due to perhaps mixed cultivation practices with the local variety, lack of knowledge on modern production technologies, lack of irrigation water during the dry seasons and not using the recommended dose of manures and fertilizers. Thus the adoption rate of individual production technology of BARI Cowpea-1 was found unsatisfactory. But it still might project promises; if the farmers could be acquainted, trained and put in practice with the modern production technologies. The respondents had agreed upon significant positive socio-economic impacts of cowpea cultivation on their livelihoods; so it’s needed to motivate farmers to follow the recommended production technologies for gaining higher yield from this variety or alternatively needs to develop and release new varieties for this region.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies which have investigated the adoption status of a BARI released cowpea variety, BARI Cowpea-1 and its specific production technologies at field level and the factors influencing adoption/ non-adoption for developing new cowpea varieties for the region.


BARI cowpea-1 , Adoption, Impact, Effecting factors, Chattogram, Bangladesh.



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All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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