Agricultural Information Utilization among Rural Sorghum Farmers in Benue State of Nigeria

Okwoche, V.A. and Asogwa, B.C. and Obinne, P.C. (2012) Agricultural Information Utilization among Rural Sorghum Farmers in Benue State of Nigeria. European Journal of Scientific Research, 76 (2). pp. 198-207.

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This study analysed agricultural information utilization among rural sorghum farmers in Benue State of Nigeria. Data were collected from randomly sampled 130 sorghum farmers in Benue State using a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using frequency distribution and percentages as well as chi-square test analysis. The study showed that the sorghum farmers get information on sorghum farming mainly through family (87.69%), farmers’ groups (86.15%), other farmers (75.38%) and extension agents (63.85%). However, research institutes (15.38%) and universities (15.38%) have not put in enough efforts to carry out their function of information generation and delivery to farmers. Most of the sorghum farmers (80.77%) utilized information on all sorghum farming operation while only a few (19.23%) did not use any of the information. The major constraint to access to information by sorghum farmers in the study area included inadequate extension contact (21.54%), ineffective communication (19.23%) and distance from other farmers (15.38%). The result of the study showed that information sources and information utilization among the sorghum farmers have significant relationship. Furthermore, information types and frequency of information usage among the sorghum farmers have significant relationship. Extension agency should encourage all sorghum farmers to subscribe to the various sorghum farmers groups that abound in the state. This will make information easily accessible to them. Extension agents should intensify their efforts so as to spend much time to teach farmers on the areas of needs. Other method such as mass media should be used regularly to disseminate information to sorghum farmers in such a manner that the farmers will understand the message and information being communicated to them. Universities and Research institutes should double efforts to ensure that research results are passed on to the rural farmers in a much more accessible manner

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2373, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Subjects: Plant Production
Social Sciences
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 03:51
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 03:52
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