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The Role of Agricultural Radio Programs in the Adoption of Agricultural Technologies among Famers in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria

Article Category: Agricultural Science and Technology

DOI: 10.31695/IJASRE.2019.33437

Pages: 172-180

Author: Maurice David Chinda ,Ali SalamatuShuwa,Ali Yagana

Abstract: The study examined the role of agricultural radio programs in the adoption of agricultural production technologies among farmers in Girei Local Government of Adamawa State. Primary data was used for the study and were collected from a random selection of 113 farmers in ten villages randomly selected for the study. The data were analyzed using both descriptive (frequency counts, percentages and means) and inferential statistics (multiple regression analysis). Results show that most of the respondents were male (69.9%), had some levels of formal education (61.1%) and with an average age of 34 years. Many of the respondents were aware of agricultural programs aired on radio in the area, especially agricultural programs aired on Gotel FM (80.5%) and Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (63.7%). The common agricultural programmes aired on radio among others include producing marketing (89.4%), fish production (77.9%), poultry disease control (77.7%) and planting methods (70.8%). On the information needs of the farmers, the study identified mostly crop production-related information needs as the one most needed by the farmers. On the factors responsible for the adoption of agricultural technologies aired on radio, the study identified the age of the farmers (x1), education (x2), farm size (x5) and radio ownership (x10) as significantly influencing the adoption of agricultural production technologies aired on radio in the area. The study recommended the need for farmers to have some level of formal education to enable them to make better use of any technology aired on radio and that the radio stations should give more slots to agricultural programs so as to create awareness for farmers.

Keyword: Agriculture, Adoption, Girie, Technologies, Technology adoption, Radio programme.

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