African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Full Length Research Paper

Effective factors on the villagers’ use of rural telecentres (case study of Hamadan province, Iran)

Farhad Lashgarara*, Alieh Karimi and Seyyed Mehdi Mirdamadi 
Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University,  Tehran, Iran
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 March 2012
  •  Published: 30 April 2012

Abstract

Fast speed of the communication integration and information transmittal has caused something called information and communication technology (ICT). Because it is the first experience of e-services through rural ICT centers in Iran, different studies and investigations are needed to identify and apply the proper applications related to the village. This study is aimed at evaluating the factors affecting the villagers’ use of rural telecentres from 2010 to 2011. This is applied study and the methodology is descriptive co relational. The main tool of the study is questionnaire. Statistical population of the study was 190686 villagers of Hamadan, Razan, and Asad Abad cities from which 230 ones were selected by proportional stratified sampling method. After data extraction, SPSS version 17 was used in the statistical analysis. Findings showed that most of the villagers’ use of rural telecentres is little (38.3%), and their use of this kind of services was mostly related to post bank (2.75), computer and administrative services (2.31) and direct and indirect internet services (2.24). The only and the most important variable affecting the villagers’ use of rural telecentres was the social –cultural factor which explained about 27% of the rural telecentres.

Key words: Iran, information and communication technology (ICT), rural telecentres, Hamedan province.