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Agronomía Mesoamericana

On-line version ISSN 2215-3608Print version ISSN 1659-1321


PEREZ-SUAREZ, Salomón; CARRILLO-CENTENO, Patricia; MONCADA-SALMERON, Darling  and  PACHON, Helena. Potential  acceptance  of  quality  protein  maize  by farmer families in Northern Nicaragua. Agron. Mesoam [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.1, pp.21-27. ISSN 2215-3608.

The objective of this analysis was to estimate the potential acceptance of three quality protein maize cultivars (QPM): Nutrader, Nutrinta Amarillo and  Mazorca de Oro, in northern Nicaragua. In 2009, for a nutrition study, 142 farmers were surveyed; 95 of them reported producing maize, and were included in this analysis. Although none of them had heard about these QPM cultivars, 45,3% would accept them only if they had greater yield and quality compared with traditional cultivars; these were classified as “potential acceptance”. The other 54,7% said they would not harvest QPM or they would do so only if they had a higher price in the market, for which there is no evidence. The probability of  acceptance was higher in farmers with a greater number of children less than five years age, for whom low yields is not a problem, not affiliated with an  association or cooperative, who consider they need  to spend the same or less money to prepare food with quality protein maize, or expects no taste differences between QPM and traditional cultivars (p<0,10).

Keywords : Farmers; Nutrader; Nutrinta  Amarillo; Mazorca de Oro.

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