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Constraints to Use of Social Media in Accessing Agricultural Information among Crop Farmers in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria

Journal: International Journal of Advances in Agricultural Science and Technology (IJAAST) (Vol.7, No. 4)

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Page : 33-52

Keywords : Social media; agricultural information; crop farmers; constraints;

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The study was conducted to ascertain constraints to use of social media in accessing agricultural information among crop farmers in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample size of one hundred and twenty respondents. Primary data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage and mean scores as well as inferential statistics which include factor analysis and logistic regression were used for data analysis. Findings revealed that the mean age of the farmers was 35years, 57.5% were male, 62.5% were married while 70.8% had formal education with a mean farming experience of about 9 years. All (100%) the respondents indicated that mobile phone was available to them, 67.5% indicated availability of desktop computer while laptop was available to 65.8% of them. Results also showed benefits of use of social media to include enriched medium of accessing agricultural information ( x = 2.37), easy and convenient way of communicating with fellow farmers ( x =1.89), encourage peer learning ( x =1.89) and promotion of active participation in extension programmes ( x = 1.75). Results of factor analysis showed that the respondents were constrained by techno-infrastructural and knowledge-related factors. It was therefore recommended that government should provide and ensure regular supply of physical infrastructure such as electricity in order to encourage the use of social media in accessing agricultural information for increased productivity.

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