Socio Economic Effect on the Use of Information and Communication Technology among Rural Farming Households in Afijio Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria

Sikiru Ajijola, Dorcas. O. Awoyemi, Olugbenga. A. Egbetokun, Samuel Kehinde Odetola, Jimoh Michael Usman


This study was conducted in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria. It investigated the types ofinformation and communication technologies used by farmers, the most frequently used, the level of utilizationof the existing information and communication technology, farmers accessibility to ICTs and constraints faced inusing ICT facilities in the study area. Analytical techniques used include descriptive statistics such aspercentages, table and frequency; and Logit model analysis. A multistage sampling technique was used to selectthe Local Government, four (4) villages and thirty (30) farmers per village. One hundred and twenty (120)questionnaires were administered while one hundred and sixteen (116) were retrieved and used for analysis. Thesocio-economic characteristics of the farmers in the study area shows that the mean age of the farmers was 45years while majority (92%) were male and 8% were female. The use of ICTs (Radio) and accessibility to ICTconstituted 76% and 85% respectively. Majority (91%) argued that lack of power supply was a menace to ICT inthe study area. The results of Logit model revealed that age (p<0.05), marital status (p<0.05), and majoroccupation (farming) (p<0.01) significantly affect the use of ICT. The study therefore recommended thatgovernment should provide electricity on a sustainable basis to all rural and urban communities for effectivecommunication.Keywords: Information technology, Farming household, Communication, Utilization

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