African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6836

Article in Press

Crop Farmers’ Perception on the use of e-Extension for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies in Oyo State, Nigeria

Oyegbami, A., Lawal, B.O and Adelakun O. J

  •  Received: 12 October 2020
  •  Accepted: 24 June 2022
The study determined farmers’ perception on e-extension as means of technology dissemination among crop farmers in Oyo state, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 210 farmers. Primary data was obtained using structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result revealed that the e-extension available to farmers in the study area was mobile phone (x? = 0.91) for technology dissemination. Majority of the farmers had positive perception towards e-extension for technology dissemination. Farmers perceived that e-extension was consistent in information delivery (x? = 4.90), effective in the dissemination of agricultural technology (x? = 4.60) and reduced the stress incurred in sourcing agricultural information (x? = 4.45). The challenges of e-extension include erratic power supply (x? = 1.50), low literacy level (x? = 1.10), high cost of e-extension tools (x?=0.39), and poor network coverage (x? = 0.13). There is a positive relationship between educational status (r = -0.173, p = 0.012), farming experience(r = 0.202, p = 0.000), income (r = -0.253, p = 0.000) and farm size (r = -0.141, p = 0.041). The study recommended that e-extension be strengthened for effective technology delivery as this will increase farmers’ awareness of new technologies and enhance agricultural production.

Keywords: Crop farmers, e-Extension, Agricultural technology