Purpose of the article: Research in the seed value chain in Ghana has concentrated on farmers with lesser emphasis on the activities of seed traders although they are a critical link between seed producers and farmers. The infrastructure available for their trade has a telling effect on the seeds they offer for sale. This study investigates the type of seed storage structures used by maize seed traders in the Brong Ahafo Region. Factors that affected their choice were also examined.
Methods: We made a total population sampling of 82 certified maize seed traders across 8 districts in the region. A discrete choice model is used to examine the traders’ choice of storage structures, as well as the determinants influencing their choice.
Findings & Value added: We find that traders predominantly store seeds in concrete and metal structures. While we find traders with more years of trading maize seeds tending to store their seeds in concrete structures, older farmers tend to use metal structures. Storage duration, age and perception of affordability of rent charges tend to decrease the likelihood of using metal as the storage structure. From a policy perspective, given the marked heterogeneity in characteristics influencing traders’ choice of storage technology, it is relevant to critically consider these differences in policy design.
Priscilla OBENG-BOATENG, Fred NIMOH, Eli AFETSI GAVEH (2022) What Drives The Choice Of Seed Storage Structures? Evidence From Certified Maize Traders In Ghana. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics. (Number , 2022): 43-54. doi: 10.15414/raae.2022.25.02.43-54