OALibJ  Vol.2 No.11 , November 2015
Rural Farmers Access to Agricultural Information in Ido Local Government Areas of Oyo State
Abstract: This research was conducted to determine rural farmers’ access to agricultural information in ido local government area of Oyo state. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 120 respondents for the study. Primary data were collected using an interview schedule and were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results revealed that majority (70.0%) of the respondents were male, married (62.5%) and aspect of agriculture they engaged with was crop farming (83.3%). The most popular source of information among the respondents was radio (72.5%) and agricultural information they have access to were market information, storage information and fertilizer application. Chi-square results at 0.05 level of significance indicated that there was significant relationship between rural farmers’ sex (X2 = 8.265, p = 0.004), marital status (X2 = 16.420, p = 0.003) and correlation analysis of the result revealed that there existed a correlation between income (r = 0.229, p = 0.012), sources of agricultural information (r = 0.582, p = 0.000) and access to agricultural information. Therefore, the research study recommended that rural farmers should be educated and public awareness of agricultural information should be emphasized and created by the information providers.
Cite this paper: Adebisi, G. , Akinosho, G. , Owolade, E. , Ayobioloja, S. and Jatto, B. (2015) Rural Farmers Access to Agricultural Information in Ido Local Government Areas of Oyo State. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-8. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1101983.

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