Awareness and Use of Information and Communication Technologies among Extension Agents in Kaduna State of Nigeria

Authors

  • Sulaiman Umar Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  • Michael Wamdzu Musa Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  • Yetunde Toluwase Olayemi Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  • Rabiu Suleiman Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Keywords:

Awareness, Extension, ICT, Maigana

Abstract

This study assessed awareness and use of information and communication technologies among extension agents in Maigana Zone of Kaduna State A.D.P. All extension personnel in the zone (70) were interviewed through the use of structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis were used to achieve the objectives of the study. It was found that 60.15% of the respondents were aware of at least one ICT in the study area. The multiple regression analysis of the relationship between the extension workers’ socioeconomic characteristics and ICT usage showed that level of training and membership of professional association showed a positive significant relationship at p<0.01 likewise marital status and educational level were positively significant at p<0.05. Therefore, it was concluded that socioeconomic characteristics of the extension agents in the study area influence their level of use of ICT. It was recommended that provision of ICT facilities and stable power, as well as capacity building on ICT usage should be promoted among extension personnel. This would enhance effective communication with farm families for improved productivity.

Author Biographies

Sulaiman Umar, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Michael Wamdzu Musa, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Yetunde Toluwase Olayemi, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology,  Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Rabiu Suleiman, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

References

Adedoyin, S.F., Fapojuwo O.E, and Torimiro, D. (1999). Educational Communication materials inAgric. Technology promotion: A survey of extension agents in Ijebu area of Ogun State. Proceedings of the fifth annual National Conference of the AESON 12th – 14thApril.

Adetunji, T. A., Oladeji, J. O., and Olowu, T. A. (2002). ‘Citation pattern of Agric Extension researchers in Nigerian journals’. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 6:25-33

Agwu, A. E. and J.M. Chah, (2007) Access and utilization of modern information communication technologies among extension personnel in Benue State of Nigeria. In: Madukwe, M. C. (Ed.). Agricultural Extension and the Challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON). Maiduguri, 4th – 7th July, 2007.

Ani, A. O. (2007). Agricultural Extension: A Pathway for Sustainable Agricultural Development. 1st edition. Kaduna: Apani Publications, 179 pp.

Arokoyo, T. (2005). ICTs application in Agricultural Extension Service delivery. In: Adedoyin, F.S (ed) Agricultural Extension in Nigeria. AESON, Ilorin.

Asiabaka, C. C. (2002) Agricultural extension. A handbook for development practitioners. Omoku: Molsyfem United Services.

Asenso-Okyere, K. and Mekonnen, D. A. (2012). The Importance of ICTs in the Provision of Information for Improving Agricultural Productivity and Rural Incomes in Africa. Working Paper; UNDP. 30pp

CTA (2003) ICTs – Transforming Agricultural Extension. An e-discussion.

Egerton U., Tony Unaemeka and Didi U. (1994). Philosophy and dimension of national communication policy. Published by Centre for Black Africa & Asia Civilization Vol. 1 pp 203-213

Ekwujuru, T.N. (2006): Advantages of ICT knowledge and its Application in Philosophical Research in Education in Ezeh, D.N and Nkadi Onyegegbu (Eds) ICT in the service of Education. Institute of Education, UNN. TIMEX. Enugu.

Elijah, O.A. (2010). Effects of the Emerging Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Agricultural Knowledge Transfer to Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 20:2

Fagbohungbe, B..O. and Longe, S..O. (2009). An introductory psychology: Concepts and principles. Kotleb Consult. Lagos, Nigeria.

Gelb, E., Gal, B. and Wolfson, D. (2009). Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) For Agricultural Extension – An Overtime Israeli Perspective.

Isiaka, B.T., Lawal-Adebowale, O.A. and Oyekunle, O. (2009). Agricultural Extension Agents’ Awareness of ICT Potentials and Training Needs on Usage for Improved Extension Service Delivery in Selected Southwest States. Nig. J. Hum. Soc. Sci. Creative Arts 4(1):18-30.

Kiplangot, J. (2003). Does Agricultural extension have a new beginning because of ICTs? Reflections on experience in sub-saharan Africa keynote paper presented at ICT observatory 2003; ICTs transforming agricultural extension. Wageningen, 23–25 September 2003.

Kwapong,O. A.T. F. (2005). The useof ICTs for empowermentof rural women in Ghana. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Ghana,Accra.

Meera, S. N., Jhamtani, A., and Rao, D. U. M. (2004) ‘Information and communication technology in Agricultural development: a comparative analysis of three projects from India’. Agricultural Research and Extension Network. Network Paper No. 135, 13pp June 2012.

Okunade, E.O. and Oladosu I.O. (2006). Rating of Extension Teaching Methods for Training Female Farmers in Osun state, Nigeria. Proceedings of 10th Annual Conference of Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria.

Omotayo, O. M. 2005 “ICT and Agricultural Extension: Emerging Issues in Transferring AgriculturalTechnology in Developing Countries”, Adedoyin S.F (Ed) Agricultural Extension in Nigeria, AESON, Pp. 145-58.

Sheik, A., Rahman, T. and Yates, C.M. (2003). Logit models for identifying the factors that influence the uptake of new ‘no tillage’ technologies by farmers in the rice-wheat and cotton-wheat farming systems in Pakistan. Agricultural Systems, 75 (1): 79-95.

Unagha, A. O. (2006). Towards an Information and Communication Technology Conscious Nigerian Society. In Uhegbu, A.N. (ed), the Research librarian: Journal of the Nigerian Library Association, Abia State Chapter. 1 (1).

Wirsiy, K.C. and Shafack, R.M (2002). The Impact of Information Technology on Information Dissemination. In Madu, E.C. & Dirisu, M.B. (eds): Information Science and Technology for school Library in Africa.Ibadan: Evicoleman. Pp. 86-93.

Downloads

Published

2015-06-29

How to Cite

Umar, S., Musa, M. W., Olayemi, Y. T., & Suleiman, R. (2015). Awareness and Use of Information and Communication Technologies among Extension Agents in Kaduna State of Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 19(1). Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/363

Issue

Section

General Extension and Teaching Methods