Utilization of Agricultural Information and Knowledge for Improved Production by Rice Farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria
The main objective of this study was to examine the utilization of agricultural knowledge and information by rice farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria. Multistage random sampling technique was used to select a sample size of 80 respondents. Primary data was collected with the aid of a well-structured interview schedule. The data collected was analyzed with both descriptive and inferential statistics. The results of the study revealed that rice farmers in the study area have a variety of information needs including information on pests and diseases management practices, mechanical land preparation and planting, use of farm machines, improved storage methods, and agricultural credit/loan. Key sources of information used by the respondents were friends and relatives and radio. Access to and utilization of agricultural information and knowledge on improved rice production cultural practices were generally high among the respondents as the ground means were both 3.23. The result of the linear regression analysis indicated a significant relationship between farm size (b=0.802, t=12.104; p#0.05. Also, the result of the correlation analysis revealed that there was a significant relationship between respondents’ access to extension services and utilization of agricultural information and knowledge (r=0.259; p#0.05).
Adetimehim, O., J. Okunlola, and K. Owolabi. 2018. "Utilization of Agricultural Information and Knowledge for Improved Production by Rice Farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 33(1): Article 4. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol33/iss1/4