Some aspects of smallholder tea production in Belgut Division of Kericho District, Kenya

Abstract : This study is about smallholder tea growing in Belgut Division of Kericho District, Kenya. The last thirty years in Kenya have witnessed rapid agricultural development contributed largely by the small-scale farm sector. In that context, smallholder tea growing has expanded to such an extent that it now accounts for 58.8 percent of all tea produced in the country, with Kenya being one of the leading tea producing countries in the World.
The major objective of this study is to investigate the various socio-economic factors influencing smallholder tea production in Belgut Division, and to test the significance of these socio-economic factors on smallholder tea growing. Using a farm-systems approach, various analytical tools were applied, especially in investigating the significance of the formulated hypotheses. A stratified random sample of 80 smallholder tea growers was selected from Belgut Division and, Analysis of Variance technique was used to investigate the differences in land allocations to tea production, food crop production and livestock farming among the smallholder tea farmers. The statistical analysis revealed that significant variations existed in land allocated to tea fanning, food crops and pasture, resulting in rejection of formulated null hypothesis. Multiple Linear Regression Analysis was applied in trying to relate the variations in cash incomes and expenditures among smallholder tea farmers. The method allowed the researcher to examine the relationship between cash incomes and household and farm expenditures and, further to draw conclusions on sustainability of the tea industry, relative to such incomes. The results of the Multiple Regression Analysis showed that, among the different expenditures, fertilizers were the most expensive, consuming most of the farmers incomes. Stepwise Multiple Regression Analysis was found useful in selecting most precise variables in predicting tea production among such different factors as age, education, labour, transport and hectarage for tea within the study area. The findings revealed that the relationship between tea production and these variables is significant, (all values of R2 => 0.78), thus prompting the rejection of the formulated null hypothesis.
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Geography. 1999
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Alice Atieno Oluoko. Some aspects of smallholder tea production in Belgut Division of Kericho District, Kenya. Geography. 1999. 〈dumas-01330961〉

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