Peter W. Wamae (PhD)


Agriculture is the backbone of Nigeria's economy, and rice production plays a vital role in ensuring food security and economic stability. To enhance productivity and sustainability in the rice farming sector, access to relevant and timely agricultural information is crucial. This paper explores the utilization of agricultural information by rice farmers in Garun-Mallam, Kano State Nigeria, assessing the sources, dissemination channels, challenges, and potential solutions to improve information access and utilization in this critical sector. The study adopted a descriptive research design and targeted 1,301 rice farmers in Garun-Mallam, Kano State, Nigeria with a sample size of 130 rice farmers selected through proportionate sampling technique of Krejcie and Morgan recommended formula. The study utilized Questionnaire, for data collection. The instruments were pilot tested to ensure it measures the expected objectives. Data on farmers’ demographic profile were analysed descriptively using frequencies and percentages then translated on tables and graphs. While the study objectives were analysed quantitatively based on the study design. The findings revealed that majority of the farmers in Garun Mallam Local Government Area were using radio as source of agricultural information at 31%, agricultural agent 16%, agricultural show 17% and farmer association 6%.  Other included television 11%, books 5% library 5% newspaper 5% and internet 4%. The study concludes that radio is a widely used and effective means of communication for disseminating agricultural information to the farming community Garun-Mallam. Radio has a wide coverage area and can reach remote and rural communities where other forms of media may not be accessible. The study thus recommends that there is need for the relevant bodies in the agriculture sector in Nigeria to increase access and utilization of agricultural extension services which should also be strengthened to increase their reach and effectiveness. This should be achieved through the recruitment and training of more extension workers and the provision of resources such as vehicles, equipment, and communication tools. Also, there is need for the government of Nigeria to increase access and utilization of technology and digital platforms among rice farmers in Garun-Mallam, Kano State, Nigeria.


Agricultural Information, Rice Farmers, Utilization, Farming Practices, Nigeria

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