n Mousaion - Farmers' awareness and use of information and communications technologies in the livestock innovation chain in Ibadan City, Nigeria

Volume 33, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in agriculture is a new and growing field that focuses on how agricultural and rural development activities can be enhanced using modern ICTs. Currently in Nigeria, this field has not addressed how livestock farmers use ICTs to conduct their businesses. The objective of the study was to examine the awareness and use of ICTs by livestock farmers in Ibadan, an agrarian community in Nigeria. The study also investigated the relationship between ICT awareness and use in the various innovation links as well as how the farmers' demographic characteristics relate to these uses. A questionnaire was used to guide data collection from various types of farmers. From the trade societies of each type of livestock, 340 farmers were selected for the study and usable data was collected from 300 respondents. For all the ICTs listed, more respondents reported awareness of ICTs than use, except for mobile phones where an equal number of respondents reported awareness and use. Marketing was the purpose for which most of the respondents reported using ICTs. Computers were used by large farmers for feed formulation and knowledge management; mobile phones served the purpose of managing animal health, linking customers, managing farms and marketing goods, while Internet/email was scarcely used for farming purposes. The findings of the study raise the question of the need of building electronic livestock farmers network in Ibadan as well as training farmers in the city on how to use ICTs to meet livestock farm needs.

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