CONSTRAINTS MILITATING AGAINST THE USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IN EXTENSION SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA

Publication Date : 27/04/2016


Author(s) :

Gumah Salifu , Obeng Francis , Mustapha Mas-ud.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 4
(04 - 2016)



Abstract :

This study focused on constraints militating against the use of information and communication technology in extension service delivery in the Northern Region of Ghana. A sample size of 180 respondents consisting of ninety (90) Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) and ninety (90) farmers were interviewed and the results analyzed. Simple random and stratified sampling techniques were used in selecting respondents. Kendall’s Coefficient of Concordance (W) was used to test for the level of agreement among the ranking of the constraints by AEAs and farmers in the use of ICT for extension service. The results of the study showed that lack of technical know-how, and network failure problems were common constraints to both the AEAs and the farmers. The study recommended that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) should organize workshop and seminars to train AEAs who should intend train farmers in the use of some ICTs facilities for extension service delivery. The results of the study also showed lack of funds as a constraint militating against the use of ICTs by AEAs and farmers in extension service delivery. This calls for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to use part of its budgetary allocation on yearly basis to import simple, durable but inexpensive ICTs and supply as input to farmers and AEAs at a lower cost compared to the prevailing market price. Key words: Availability, Accessibility, Utilization, farmers, Agricultural Extension Agents


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