PAPER TITLE : UTILIZATION OF INFORMATIOTA AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTS) BY EXTENSION PERSONNEL IN ONDO ST

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 14 NUMBER 1 2009

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  • Author(s) : O.O. FASINA
  • Abstract:


            Extension is essentially communication, a process whereby various participants are linked and information exchanged. Using a purposive sampling technique, the study determined the utilization of ICTs by extension personnel in Ondo State. Data gathered from 72 respondents were analysed using descriptive statistics. Hypotheses were tested using inferential statistics specifically the Chi-square and the Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Data revealed that majority of respondents (89.6%) were village extension agents and that 84.7% of them had apart 20years on the job. The average age of the respondents was 50 years and majority of extension personnel was male (84.7%). The highest level of education for most of extension personnel (56.7%) was HND and most of them (40.3%) receive monthly income of between #10, 00 -- #20, 000. Based on the ten ICT types investigated, 98.6% had a high level of awareness. Majority (81.9%) was however had a low level of operational ability and low usage (94.4%). Majority (72.2%) were hindered from ICT use by the financial implications. At p = 0.05, there was an inverse and significant relationship between the age of extension personnel and their level of awareness of ICTs. There was no significant relationship between the personal characteristics of extension personnel and their perceived ability to operate ICTs. There was an inverse significant relationship between the age personnel (r = -0.25, p <0.05), family size (r = -0.27, p < 0.05) and their level of usage ICTs. Training is thus recommended for extension personnel in Ondo state to update and position them to tackle the present challenges ICTs utilization.