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Assessment of Use of Selected Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Extension Service Delivery: Implication for Agricultural Development in Nigeria

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Author(s): Adetumbi, Saheed.Ige, Olaniyi, Olumuyiwa.,Akin | Adewale, Jacob.,Gbemiga

Journal: International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development
ISSN 2159-5852

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 131;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Extension service | Information

ABSTRACT
The study was carried out to assess the implication of the useof selected Information and Communication Technologies(ICTs) for extension service delivery in Nigeria. The simplerandom technique was used to select fifty percent of the total extensionagents which equivalent to forty-two respondents assample size for the study. Frequency counts, percentages, meanand standard deviation were used as descriptive statistic. Also,Chi-Square test and Spearman’s rho correlation were employedas inferential statistic to test for the hypotheses. Findings indicatedthat access to various ICTs tools especially Radio and Mobilephone and were found to be relevant to farming operations. Theresult of Chi square test revealed that significant relationshipexist between sex, age, level of education, years of working experienceof the extension agents and level of use of ICTs. Furthermore,the result of Spearman rho Correlation showed thatthere was no significant relationship between ICT training of extensionworkers and the level of use of ICTs. The study recommendedamong others that, there should be a periodic review ofthe use of current ICTs in extension service delivery to facilitateeffectiveness in the use of ICTs for extension service and adequatefunding of extension service should also be ensured to enhancethe maintenance of ICTs made available to extension personnel.
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