Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2007
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page No. 141 - 145

Mass Media Agencies and Information Programming for Agricultural Development in Imo State, Nigeria

Authors : Onuekwusi and C. Gideon

Abstract: Vestigation was carried on mass media Agencies and Information Programming for Agricultural Development in Imo State. A total of 135 farmers, agricultural information officers of Imo ADP and programme officers in the mass media organisations in Imo State were used as respondents. The farmers were drawn from the three agricultural zones of Imo State namely Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri, each providing a sample of 35 farmers selected randomly from three local government of each of the zones.Personal interview and questionnaires were used as instrument for data collection while descriptive statistics (Percentages and frequencies) and chi-square test was used as instruments for data analysis. Results show that majority (91.10%) of the farmers had one level of formal education or the other. Majority (63.7%) that had access to radio used it as a source of agricultural information and only 37.03% of the farmers that had access to television used it for information on agriculture. Most of the respondents (69.6%) believed that agricultural extension agencies should initiate and programme agricultural information, which could then be jointly processed and tested with the experts in the mass media agency for dissemination through such media. It was recommended that government should ensure adequate availability of rural infrastructural facilities to enable more of the rural dwellers cultivate the habit of utilizing mass media as source of information on agriculture.

How to cite this article:

Onuekwusi and C. Gideon , 2007. Mass Media Agencies and Information Programming for Agricultural Development in Imo State, Nigeria. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 2: 141-145.

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