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ISSN : 2456-8643

Title:
EVALUATION OF FACTORS AFFECTING USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AMONG FARMERS IN TARABA STATE, NIGERIA

Authors:
BakariD , Gisilanbe S.A , Chia J.I. and Mamman A

Abstract:
The study was carried out to evaluate factors affecting use of information and communication technology among farmers in Taraba State, Nigeria. Structured questionnaire and interview schedule were used to collect data from a sample of two hundred and fourteen (214) respondents. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean scores, standard deviation, and Logistics regressions model. Results indicated that, major factors that encouraged use of ICTs by male respondents included availability of electricity (60 %), provision of training (68.5 %), and level of education(51.3 %) while that of females were use of generator (78.7 %), extension contact (72.7 %), among others. Factors that discourage use of ICTs among male respondents were inadequate training (76.5 %), among others while that of females were inadequate extension agent contact (72.7 %), poor knowledge on use of ICTs (57.6 %).Coefficient of age was negative (-0.036) and significant at 10% level of significance. The coefficient of education was positive (0.089) and significant at 1% level of significance. Therefore the hypothesis that socio-economic characteristics of the respondents do not have any significant effect on their usage of ICTs was rejected. Government should formulate policies that will provide equal opportunitiesin terms of ICTs training, to encourageboth male and females to be more productive in their contribution to the economy. The study highlights the need for physical infrastructure such as electricity is put in place by the three tiers of government to encourage the use of ICTs to sustain agriculture

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