An assessment of agricultural information needs of women rice (oryza sativa) farmers in the eastern agricultural zone of Kogi State, Nigeria

This study assessed the agricultural information needs of women rice farmers in the eastern agricultural zone of Kogi state, Nigeria. It specifically ascertained the information needs score of women rice farmers in the area of technical, socioeconomic and cultural; identified the different sources of information available to women rice farmers in the area and identified the constraints in accessing agricultural information by women rice farmers in the study area. A three staged random sampling was used to select 180 women rice farmers for the study. Findings revealed that women rice farmers in the area needed information on appropriate crop mixture (mean score = 2.5), planting techniques (mean score = 2.1) and the types of rice variety that is tasteful (mean score = 2.1). The major sources of obtaining agricultural information identified by women rice farmers are neighbours/fellow farmers (47.8%), village meetings (29.4%) and radio/T.V (28.3%). The major constraints encountered by women rice farmers in accessing agricultural information include inadequate/poor feeder roads (mean score = 3.6), unstable electricity supply (mean score = 3.5) and inadequate fund to acquire information (mean score = 3.5). It was recommended among others that, agricultural extension agencies should take note of the information needs of women rice farmers particularly in areas of appropriate crop mixture, planting techniques, tasteful rice variety and endeavour to step up their services in these areas of need.

Author: 
Adejoh, Sunday Onalo and Adah, Obe Christopher
Journal Name: 
Int J Inf Res Rev
Volume No: 
04
Issue No: 
06
Year: 
2017
Paper Number: 
1835
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