JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


Full Length Research Paper


Effect of Social Media in Enhancing Agricultural Extension Services among Farmers in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria

Olorunniyi A. Abraham*, Ezinne E. Merianchris, Osiboye O. Oludare, Sennuga S. Olayemi and Barnabas Tena Mongalaku

Article Number - 6294B6CC758A2  | Vol. 3(4), pp. 24-32, June 2022  | 
 Received: 13 April 2022 |  Accepted: 19 May 2022  |   Published: 1 June 2022

Copyright © 2022 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.

Abstract

The study examined how social media may help farmers in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, improve their agricultural extension services. The research was carried out in the Tunga-maje and Paiko kore communities of Abuja's Gwagwalada Area Council. A descriptive research design was used in this study. The communities for the study were chosen using a targeted sampling technique. The study had an 80-farmer sample size. It is made up of 40 farmers from each village (Tunga- maje and Paiko kore). Farm families were invited to participate in the study through community meetings, in which 40 farming homes were selected at random from each village; participation was mostly voluntary. Tunga-maje and Paiko kore were randomly sampled for their closeness of the office of Agricultural Development Project (ADP) and the University of Abuja. The study reveals that 93.8% of the respondents, often used the social media to seek information from extension officers and also share among their fellow collogues.  Findings revealed that 91.3% of the respondents feel safe by having a phone because they can easily reach out to receive and pass information across via mobile phone. This study concludes that there is a need for governments to institute an e-library/information hub where farmers can access information; Policy makers should set policies that can help service providers design a subsidized phone with online and offline extension application for farmers. Social media platforms should be stationed by agricultural extension workers as part of their communication master plan in promoting farmers' participation.

 

Keywords: Social media, Technology, Information, Farmers, Agriculture, Extension.

 

 

References

Adeyongo, I. L. Sennuga, S. O., Lai-Solarin, W. I. & Ezinne, M. E. (2022). Impact of cyber-extension and social media (WhatsApp and Facebook) on Extension workers job in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, Applied Research Frontiers, 1(1), 28-33.

Andress, C. & Woodard, J. (2013). Impact of e-Velanimai (e-Agriculture): An ICT Enabled Agricultural Extension Model. International Journal of Extension, 5(2), 36-46.

Ebisike, C., Fadiji, T. O. & Sennuga, S. O. (2021). Awareness and Usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) among Farmers in Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Current Trend Agriculture Environment Sustainability, 2(1), 1-4.

Fadiji, T. O. & Sennuga, S. O. (2020). Influence of Characteristics and Perception on Usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by Selected Extension Agents in Northern Nigeria, Global Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(2), 45-57.

Fadiji, T. O., Sennuga, S. O. & Angba, A. O. (2021). Differentials in usage of Information and Communication Devices among Extension Agents: A Study on North-Western Zone, Nigeria. American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 9(1), 42-48.

Gillis, A, & Jackson, W. (2002). Research for nurses: Methods and interpretation. Philadelphia: F.A Davis Company. http://library.stikespantirapih.ac.id/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Research-for-Nurses-Methods-and-Interpretation.pdf

Kaplan, M. U. & Heinlein, C. (2020) Impact of social media in enhancing Agriculture extension. Agriculture & Food: E-Newsletter.

Kayode, O. (2021). Former Representative of Nigeria to UNIDO- France.

Lai-Solarin W. I., Adeoye, W. A. & Sennuga, S. O. (2021). Technology Adoption Capabilities of Small Farm Dairy Cattle Holders in Gwagwalada, Abuja: Effects of Asymmetric Information and Extension Approaches, International Journal of Agricultural Economics, 6(6), 315-323.

NSSO (2014). Key Indicators of Situation of Agricultural Households in India, NSS 70th Round, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry of Statistics Program Implementation, GOI, New Delhi.  https://pib.gov.in/newsite/printrelease.aspx?relid=113796

Nwali, P. N., Sennuga, S. O. & Okpala, E. (2022). Evaluation of Small-Scale Women Farmers’ Utilization of ICT in Accessing Agricultural Information in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria., Green Reports, 3(7), 34-38. DOI:10.36686/Ariviyal.GR.2022.03.07.036

Omabuwa, A. T, Sennuga, S. O., Bako, H. & Olorunniyi, A. A. (2022). Assessment of Factors Militating Against Youths Participation in Agriculture Based Livelihood Activities in Kuje Area Council, Abuja, International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies. 2(2), 69-74.

Oyewole, S. O. & Sennuga, S. O. (2020). Factors Influencing Sustainable Agricultural Practices among Smallholder Farmers in Ogun State of Nigeria, Asian Journal of Advances in Agricultural Research. 14(1), 17-24. DOI: 10.9734/ajaar/2020/v14i130120

Sennuga, S.O. (2019). Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) among Smallholder Farmers and Extension Workers and its Relevance to Sustainable Agricultural Practices. A Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Coventry University, United Kingdom.

Sennuga, S. O., Baines, R. N., Conway, J. S. & Naylor, R. K. (2020a). Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Enhancing Food Utilization among Smallholder Farmers’ Households in Northern Nigeria, International Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, 10(1), 24-32. DOI: 10.7176/IKM/10-1-05

Sennuga, S. O., Conway, J. S. & Sennuga, M. A. (2020b). Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Agricultural Productivity among Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Sub-Saharan African Communities, International Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Studies, 7(1), 27-43. https://www.eajournals.org/wp-content/uploads/IMPACT1.pdf

Shantichandra, E. T., Freeler, R. E. & Dickson, I. O. (2013). Impact of social media in enhancing Agriculture extension. Agriculture & Food: E-Newsletter.

World Bank (2016). World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. Washington, DC. https://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/wdr2016

Yin, R. K. (2003). Applications of a case study research: Applied social research, methods series, 34. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

 

 

 

 

Authors

Olorunniyi A. Abraham1*, Ezinne E. Merianchris2, Osiboye O. Oludare3, Sennuga S. Olayemi1 and Barnabas Tena Mongalaku1

1Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja, Nigeria.

2Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom.

3School of Science, Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State,  Nigeria.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: [email protected]

 

 

How to Cite this Article

Olorunniyi, A. A., Ezinne, M. E., Osiboye, O. O., Sennuga, S. O. & Barnabas, T. M. (2022). Effect of Social Media in Enhancing Agricultural Extension services among Farmers in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Science and Technology, 3(4), 24-32.

 

 

Full-Text (PDF)

View / Download

 Back to Articles
 Back to Journals

Abbreviation: J. Res. Sci. Technol.
ISSN:
DOI:
Start Year: 2020
Published Articles: