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

Use of Audio Visual Aids by Extension Agents in Rivers State, Nigeria

Nengi Legbosi

  •  Received: 12 October 2018
  •  Accepted: 02 November 2018
The studied examined the use of audio visual aids by extension agents in teaching rural farmers in Rivers state. The study specifically described the socio-economic characteristics of extension agents, determined the perceived extent to the use of audio visual aids and the problems encountered. Twenty-five ADP extension agents were sampled. Data analysis and measurement was done using descriptive statistics. The results showed that majority of the field agents were male (64.0%) and 100% had formal education with about 20 years of working experience (52%). The most commonly used audio visuals were chalkboard (3.68), projectors (3.56), television (3.28) and audio cassettes (3.08). Unavailability of audio visual aids (100%), irregular power supply (100%) and inadequate fund to purchase audio visual (100%) were major problems faced by extension agents. Therefore, the study concludes that Extension Agents in Rivers State were dominated by experienced and educated male that do not extensively maximize the use of various forms of audio visual aids. It was recommended that Government and related agencies should encourage the use of agricultural communication technologies by providing extension agents in Rivers State ADP with adequate audio visual aids needed for effective teaching and learning.

Keywords: Extension agents, Audio Visual Aids, Nigeria