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Usage of Information and Communication Technology in the Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: A Case Study of Gedaref State, Sudan

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Adam Elradi M. Ali 1, Hamid E. E. Bashir 2, Mohammed Adam A. Hamad 3,*, Ahamed M. A. Berier 1

1 Department of Agricultural Extension and Training, University of Gezira, Sudan.

2 Sheikan Agricultural insurance Company, Gedaref State, Sudan.

3 Department of Rural Extension and Training, University of Kordofan, Elobeid, Sudan.

*Corresponding author: Mohammed Adam A. Hamad

Abstract

The emergence of new agricultural development paradigms has led to challenging the conventional methods of delivering important services to farmers and the transformation of traditional societies into modern societies. Across the developing countries, agricultural is a major contributor to GDP and employment. The objective of this paper was to assess the use of ICTs in delivery of agricultural extension services in Gedaref State, Sudan. The primary data were collected from 94 extension officers represent total sample size in the Gedaref State in growing season2018/2019. Well-constructed questionnaire was used for data collection. The data were coded, fed to computer and statistically analyzed by using (SPSS) software, emphasized on descriptive statistics analysis and Chi-squire Test. The results indicated that the majority of the respondents (72.3%) used ICTs and 47.8% of the extension officers used ICTs for audiences as multiple purposes services. Also 93.6% of the respondents faced more than one constraint when using ICTs. Results of chi-square test showed significant association between some ICTs (mobile phone, computer, digital camera, audiovisual aids, TV) and their purpose (P=0.001). Significant association between ICTs and constraints of using ICTs in delivery of agricultural extension services (P=0.001). This paper concluded that the use of ICTs in the delivery of agricultural extension services to extension clienteles in Gedaref State is still in the beginning stages according to the high percentage of using traditional ICTs such as TV in comparison to modern ICTs such as smart phone and internet websites. The paper recommends that more efforts should be exerted to train extension officers and beneficiaries on the active use of modern ICTs.

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Usage of Information and Communication Technology in the Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: A Case Study of Gedaref State, Sudan

How to cite this paper: Adam Elradi M. Ali, Hamid E. E. Bashir, Mohammed Adam A. Hamad, Ahamed M. A. Berier. (2020) Usage of Information and Communication Technology in the Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: A Case Study of Gedaref State, Sudan. International Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 4(2), 211-218.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2020.06.013

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