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Using Information and Communication Technology among Nsukka Yellow Pepper Farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria
This study assessed use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among Nsukka yellow pepper farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to: present some socio-economic characteristics of Nsukka Yellow Pepper farmers; evaluate the ICT use by the farmers; determine the types and frequency of use of various ICTs; and identify some challenges in the use of ICTs in the study area. Multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select two hundred Nsukka yellow pepper farmers. Data were collected using semi structured questionnaire and interview schedule and were subjected to descriptive and inferential statistics. The results of the analysis reveal that the average age of the farmers was 46 years. Majority (74.4%) of the respondents were females who were married and were all Christians. The major ICTs commonly used among the farmers were mobile phone, radio and television. 39.5% of respondents receive information at least 6-9 a week. Respondents in the area considered radio and mobile phone to be the most relevant sources of information ranking them 1st and 2nd respectively. Results of the analysis also show that their biggest challenge is inadequate resources to purchase ICT facilities followed by irregular power supply. In view of this result the researcher recommend that government should provide some incentives to these farmers to enable them acquire ICT gadgets to ease their sharing of information.