International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.4 (2), pp. 29-34, February 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 16/ID/JPR06/06/ pages
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Original Research Article
Perceived role of information and communications technology in improving agricultural livelihoods of rural farmers In Imo State, Nigeria
1*Chikaire J.U., 2Tijjani A.R. and 2Abdullahi K.A.
1Department of Agricultural Extension, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
2Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author Email: symeonjachin(at)gmail.com
Raising farmers’ productivity and incomes are a necessity. This study investigated the roles ICTs play in improving farmers agricultural livelihoods. Using a multi-stage sampling technique, 250 agricultural producers were chosen randomly from 10 agricultural cooperatives in Imo state. Data were collected by means of questionnaire and analyzed by using percentages and means presented in tables. Results indicated that majority (65.6%) were males, with a mean age of 43.5 years, the mean farm size was 2.4 hectare and an average of 23 years farming experience. The ICT devices used included radio, mobile phones, computers, internet, magazines, newspapers. The agricultural livelihood activities included cash crop productions. fish farming, poultry keeping etc. ICT roles for improving livelihood of farmers included provision of market information (M=3.37), building farmers capacity (M=3.05), reduction of household risk (M=3.53) among others. ICTs play important roles in farmers welfare and should be encouraged for use by farmers in both rural and urban areas.
Key words: ICTS, livelihood, rural, agriculture, productivity.