International Journal of Irrigation and Agricultural Development (IJIRAD) 2019-07-03T09:06:54+00:00 Prof. Felix K. Abagale Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>International Journal of Irrigation and Agricultural Development</strong> (IJIRAD) is an online double blind peer review international journal dedicated to the advancements in irrigation engineering and agriculture development throughout the world. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists, students, academics and engineers all over the world to share, promote, and discuss various new and emerging issues and developments in different areas of irrigated agriculture and the agricultural sciences. IJIRAD publishes accepted original papers twice a year (June &amp; December)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All articles have to be original research, reviews and short communications that have not been published elsewhere or are being considered for publication in other journals.</p> Factors influencing improved Maize Farming Technologies adoption in Yendi Municipality of Northern Region of Ghana 2019-07-03T09:06:53+00:00 G. B. Mohammed H. Adam K. Duniya <p><em>Low technology adoption continues to affect the production of maize in Ghana, including the Yendi municipality, which is one of the high maize producing areas. The study examined the factors influencing the adoption of improved maize farming technologies in the Yendi municipality. Data was collected from 154 randomly selected maize farmers using questionnaires and in-depth interviews. Descriptive statistics and Poisson Regression Model were used to analyze the demographic characteristics of maize farmers as well as the socioeconomic factors influencing the adoption of improved maize farming technologies. The study revealed that 59% of the maize farmers had no contact with agricultural extension agents, which could negatively affect adoption of improved maize farming technologies. The Poisson regression analysis showed that education, farm size, credit and extension contact significantly influenced the adoption of improved maize farming technologies in the area. Maize farmers therefore need to be adequately trained on the technologies to understand their full benefits to enable them adopt them fully. The study recommends that Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) together with Development Partners (DPs) should facilitate farmers’ access to credit and provide more logistics to facilitate access to extension services. </em></p> 2019-07-03T08:45:51+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Economic Analysis of Groundnut Production in Tolon District, Ghana 2019-07-03T09:06:54+00:00 S. B. Abubakari M. H. N. Abdulai B. T. Anang <p><em>The purpose of this study was to undertake an economic analysis of groundnut production in the Tolon district of Ghana using cross-sectional data for the 2017/2018 cropping season. A total of 160 small-scale groundnut producers were randomly selected from 8 communities and interviewed using semi-structured questionnaire. The determination of profitability involved gross margin and cost-benefit analyses as well as estimation of a profit function. Also, regression analysis was used to assess the factors affecting farm profit. The results of the study indicated a cost-benefit ratio of 0.30 and gross margin of GHS 22,143.4 indicating that groundnut production in the study area is profitable. Profit was estimated at GHS 42,584.3. Meanwhile, farmers’ age and cost of inputs had a negative effect on profitability while cost of harvesting positively influenced farm profit. Based on the findings, the authors conclude that groundnut production in the study area is profitable; however, measures are required to increase profitability since groundnut is an important cash/food security crop for smallholders. </em></p> 2019-07-03T08:47:03+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##