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Date of this Version

10-11-2021

Abstract

This study investigated the utilization of new media for agricultural information by farmers in the south-south region of Nigeria. It was carried out in the south-south region of Nigeria. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select respondents. Three states and 36 agro-cells were randomly selected from the region giving a sample size of 360 Farmers. A set of structured questionnaire was used to illicit information from the farmers. Findings revealed that most (93.8%) farmers in the region were aware that the internet is a source for agricultural information. The study established that 48.9% of farmers in the study area use new media like the internet to get information on early warning and management of pests/diseases, 47.5% use it to receive information about credit facilities, 47.2% use it for weather forecast information, 46.7% for online information on solutions to farmers’ problems and another 46.7% use it to obtain information on linkage to extension agents and research. The study therefore recommended that public private partnerships with telecommunication service providers should be initiated and encouraged so as to enhance access to new media as well as types of agricultural information developed and made available to farmers via these sources.

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