Urban consumer willingness to pay for introduced dessert bananas in Uganda
AbstractDessert bananas (Musa spp.) form one of the world’s most important fruits, yet one of the least traded commodities in Uganda. A range of exotic and hybrid dessert bananas that included KABANA 3H and KABANA 4H were introduced in Uganda in response to Fusarium wilt disease that was wiping away Gros Michel. However, the effect of dessert attributes and consumer characteristics on consumers’ willingness to pay for these new bananas among the urban consumers was not known. This study was undertaken to determine awareness of the introduced dessert bananas among urban consumers, and the effect of introduced dessert banana attributes and consumer characteristics on willingness to pay for the introduced desert bananas. Results indicated that urban consumers had low awareness on the introduced dessert banana varieties. Similarly the introduced dessert
bananas were acceptable to consumers though rated inferior to Gros Michel. All the sensory attributes of KABANA 3H and KABANA 4H were acceptable to urban consumers. Results from the hedonic pricing Models further suggested that taste, skin colour and texture had significant effect on the consumer willingness to pay for
new dessert banana varieties. It is concluded that, the three introduced dessert bananas are acceptable and therefore have a market potential. It is recommended that market development activities including organising and training farmers in improved agronomic methods, handling bananas for local markets; and promotional studies of
the introduced dessert bananas among the urban consumers be done to widen their demand.