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Utilization of Radio Messages as a Source of Agricultural Information among Dry Season Farmers at Lake Gerio, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

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Author Ndaghu A.A, Yohanna. I, 3 Simon. B.P.
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 224-228
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 2
Issue Date March 01, 2013
Publishing Date March 01, 2013
Keywords Farmers, information, messages, radio, utilization.



Abstract

The study analyzed the utilization of radio messages as source of agricultural Information among dry season farmers at Lake Gerio Yola, Adamawa State. The study described the socio-economic characteristics of dry season farmers, determined the radio stations that are utilized by dry season farmers, determined the agricultural information needs of the dry season farmers and, identified the respondentsí constraints in utilization of information from radio in the study area. Random sampling technique was used to select 82 respondents for the study. The data was collected using structured questionnaires administered to sampled respondents. Descriptive statistics such as frequency and percentages were used to analyze the data. The study revealed that, dry season farmers in the study area had access to five radio stations, they are; Radio Gotel Yola, ABC Yola, Fombina FM Yola, BBC London and VOA Washinton DC. Respondents information were satisfied by the radio messages and the constraints associated with utilization of information were; programme aired at an inappropriate time, low literacy among most farmers, message relevance to information needs, and shortage of time allotted to agricultural-related programmes . It was recommended that, more air time should be allotted to agricultural-related news by the programmers as well as improving the quality of channels for better reception and utilization by dry season farmers in the study area and the country at large.


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