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Information flow in agriculture – through new channels for improved effectiveness

Author(s): Mihály Csótó

Journal: Agrárinformatika Folyóirat
ISSN 2061-862X

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: ICT-adoption | agriculture

Agriculture has undergone significant changes since the industrial revolution. The industrial age and the market economy have moulded agriculture in their image just as much as the characteristics and tools of the information age have recently been transforming its previous operation. Information and communication technology (ICT)take-up in agriculture remains low, and the reasons behind this barely changed in the last 20-30 years. Information technologies are regarded as mediating channels and a vehicle for new services. It is important to research the various aspects of adoption of newinformation technology, and also not only the use, but the “effective use” of it (Gurstein,2003). Information-intensive agriculture is fundamentally determined by information, knowledge and the decision-making farmers, in effect the human factor; therefore, studies aimed at the improvement of the situation of agriculture with ICT tools must be centred on the human element.
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