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Use of information communication technologies among agricultural extension officers in Lesotho

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Akintunde, Moruf Abiola. O. (main author), Oladele, Oladimeji Idowu (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2019-07
URL:
http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jae.v23i3.4
Published:
African Journals Online
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
communication barriers, communication methods, extension agents, extension services, government policies, information dissemination, infrastructure, private sector, radio, access, Lesotho (Africa, Southern), information communication technology
Notes:
16 pages., via online journal., The study assessed the use of ICTs among public and private extension officers in Lesotho. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 86 public and 19 private extension officers. Data collected were analysed, using percentages, mean, and standard deviation, multiple regressions and t-test. Extension officers use ICT tools to obtain information on new technology (79.1%), preservation of farm produce (79.1%); time of planting crops (75.6%), call attention of extension officers (75.6%) and cultural practices (75.6%). Serious constraints to the use of ICTs, as perceived by extension officers were: high cost of ICT (83.7%); poor basic infrastructure (79.1%); non-availability of technical personnel (72.1%), failure of service (73.7%) and non-availability of genuine parts. There is a strong relationship between access to information, residing within place of work, constraints, age awareness, type of extension and use of ICTs. There is also a significance differences in the use of ICTs between public and private extension officers. Policy makers should improve national e-readiness and make more ICT tools available and accessible to extension officers. Constraints of high cost, lack of ICT infrastructure and training of technical personnel should be dealt with.