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Improving Agricultural Extension Delivery Service Through the use of Information and Communication Technology in Abia State, Nigeria

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Author Leo O. Obinna, F.C. Nzeakor
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 52-58
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 1
Issue Date February 01, 2014
Publishing Date February 01, 2014
Keywords Agricultural Extension Services, ICT Facilities, Abia-State and GSM Providers.



Abstract

The study assessed improving agricultural extension delivery service through the use of information and communication technology in Abia State, Nigeria. A sample size of 220 respondents generated through random sampling technique was used for the study. Primary data were generated through structured questionnaire. Statistical tools such as frequencies, percentages, means, ranks and spearman’s correlation coefficient were used in analyzing the data. Results revealed that 80 % of the respondents were within the age range of 18 – 65years while 70, 99, and 90 % respectively were males, had at least secondary school educational level and owned mobile phones respectively. Result further revealed that ICT facilities such as phone calls, text-messages, tape-recording, CDs, VCD and DVD, modems, flash drives, e-mails, video conferencing, social media, newspapers and animated images were not yet in use in extension delivery services. Results equally identified factors such as lack of ICT training, inadequate ICT infrastructure, fear for change, lack of government support, lack of funds, inadequate ICT skills, and unreliable electric power supply as factors hindering the access and use of ICT facilities. The study recommends that Government of Abia State and other stake holders in ICT development such as the GSM providers (MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and ETISALAT) should assist as to ensure that ICT facilities are fully deployed in extension delivery services in the study area.


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