Use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) among Researchers, Extension Workers and Farmers in Abia and Enugu States: Implications for a National Agricultural Extension Policy on ICTs

Authors

  • A E Agwu Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
  • U C Uche-Mba Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
  • O. M Akinnagbe Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Information communication technologies, knowledge, access constraints, policy needs

Abstract

The study ascertained the level of usage as well as constraints to the useof information communication technologies (ICTs) among majorstakeholders in the agricultural development process in Abia and EnuguStates of Nigeria. Data for the study were generated from a sample of110 respondents using structured interview schedule and questionnaire.Findings indicate that majority (52.5%, 57.5% and 56.7%) of researchers;extension workers and farmers had high, moderate and low knowledgelevels of available ICTs, respectively. Out of 24 informationcommunication technologies in use among the respondents, 11 werefrequently utilized by researchers, while only 4 and 3 of the facilities werefrequently utilized by extension workers and farmers, respectively. Thestudy revealed major constraints to the use of ICTs to include lack ofsufficiently trained computer personnel, lack of confidence in operatingmodern ICTs, erratic and fluctuating power supply, poor finance, lack ofinternet access in the rural areas and high cost of ICTs hard and softwares, among others. The study concludes with the need to have aNational Agricultural Extension Policy on the use of ICTs with majoremphasis on access, availability and use.

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Published

2008-06-01

How to Cite

Agwu, A. E., Uche-Mba, U. C., & Akinnagbe, O. M. (2008). Use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) among Researchers, Extension Workers and Farmers in Abia and Enugu States: Implications for a National Agricultural Extension Policy on ICTs. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 12(1). Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/203

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General Extension and Teaching Methods