n South African Computer Journal - Availability and utility of Internet sources of information : farmers' perceptions : reviewed article

Volume 2006, Issue 37
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



This paper assesses the availability and use of Internet sources of information among livestock farmers. Proportionate random sampling method was followed to constitute a sample size of 280 and information was collected from all the species owners using a pre-structured and pre-tested interview schedule. The study revealed that majority (89.13%, 86.96% and 80.43%) of the poultry owners perceived that technical, marketing and general information respectively, available through Internet sources followed by cattle, buffalo and sheep owners. The study emphasized that, there is agreement among the perceptions of investigator and farmers about the availability of information through web. Majority (47.96%, 47.69% and 43.42%) of the livestock farmers perceived that marketing of livestock products (Marketing information, education (General information) and fodder production (Technical information) respectively. Unlike their counter parts in urban area, rural farmers are less inclined to new technology and would experience many hiccups during information acquisition from using latest communication tools. Proper education, relevant training and combined efforts of administrators, policy makers, extension workers and web owners would definitely help the needy to avail and utilize this new and effective medium of communication.

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