Radio Farm Broadcasts: A Study of Adoption of Agricultural Innovations in Umuahia Zone, Abla State
Keywords:Radio Farm Broadcasts, Adoption, Agricultural Innovations
AbstractThe study investigated the awareness and adoption of improved agricultural technologies disseminated through the radio, the relationship between personal factors and adoption as well as the problems limiting effective utilization of radio farm messages by farmers in Umuahia zone of Abia State, Nigeria. Eighty completed interview schedules from farmers were analysed using percentages, ranking and multiple regression analysis. It was found that 50% or more of the respondents are aware of eight out of 11 improved agriculturaltechnologies transmitted through the radio farm broadcast. Only four of the 11 improvedtechnologies are adopted by 40% or more of the sampled farmers. The major factors influencingadoption of improved agricultural technologies are age, farming experience and household size. Ageand household size are positively related to adoption while farming experience is negativelyassociated with adoption of innovations. In contrast, no significant relationship is found to existbetween adoption and level of formal education of the farmers. Epileptic electric power supply andinability to ask relevant questions and get the feedback from the radio farm programme presenterare the most pressing problems militating against effective utilization of radio farm messages byfarmers.
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