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dc.contributor.advisorBaiyegunhi, Lloyd.
dc.creatorMdlalose, Ntokozo.
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-14T08:10:29Z
dc.date.available2017-02-14T08:10:29Z
dc.date.created2016
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/14083
dc.descriptionMaster of Science in Agriculture. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 2016.en_US
dc.description.abstractSmallholder farmers in South Africa and in other developing countries often have limited access to factors of production and information. Poor infrastructure, lack of marketing knowledge and lack of transport are amongst the many market-related constraints that smallholder farmers are facing. Consequently, such constraints limit their ability to access markets. This study was conducted in uThungulu District Municipality based on a sample of 80 farmers who were selected using stratified random sampling. The study made use of a structured questionnaire to collect data through face-to-face interviews. A binary logistic regression model was used to identify factors influencing marketing participation decisions among the sampled farmers. The empirical results showed that extension services contact, quality of roads to market, access to transport, distance to market, and timing of seeking markets had a statistically significant influence on market participation decisions. These findings suggest that an improvement in each of the significant variables can significantly influence farmer market participation decisions. Furthermore, based on the empirical results of the study, policy recommendations are suggested. These include improving dissemination of market information to farmers, encouraging farmers to seek markets before production, and encouraging farmers to add value to their produce.en_US
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_US
dc.subjectMarketing.en_US
dc.subjectFresh produce.en_US
dc.subjectTechnical factors.en_US
dc.subjectSmallholder farmers.en_US
dc.subjectuThungulu District Municipality.en_US
dc.subjectLogistic regression model.en_US
dc.titleMarketing of fresh produce by smallholder farmers : A case study of uThungulu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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