Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 409

Article in Press

Needs of Agricultural Information to Smallholder Farmers of Tanqa Abergelle Woreda, Central Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia

Gebru Brhane, Yared Mammo, and Gebremichael Negusse

  •  Received: 11 February 2018
  •  Accepted: 22 March 2019
The purpose of this research is to reveal the agricultural information need of the Abergelle woreda smallholder farmers. In this information era, information needs of smallholder farmers’ change with their geographical location, economic, demographic, psychological and institutional factors. From the 19 rural kebeles of the woreda 5 kebele were randomly selected. The sample size was specified based on Yamane (1967) formula and 152 household head were selected by using simple random sampling technique proportion to their population size from the sampled kebele. The study was used primary and secondary data sources. The primary data were collected through household survey and focus group discussion. Additionally, secondary data were collected by reviewing published and unpublished materials. To analyze information needs of the smallholder farmers, frequency distribution, ranking and interpretive analysis were employed. The finding revealed that farmers’ information needs were dissimilar like information on: how to keep their crop and animal health, agronomic practice, rainfall forecasting and market information. Based on the results, the study has recommended that: information provision system should be flexible to strengthen the linkage among stockholders: give care in information packaging: promoting and giving training on ICTs how to use for information searching: enhance rural power supplying: strengthen the existing rural institution by supplying relevant information.

Keywords: Agricultural information, information needs, smallholder farmers, Tigray, Ethiopia