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Perceived Factors Affecting Performance Of Extension Workers In Imo State, Nigeria
The study focused on perceived factors affecting performance of extension workers in Imo State, Nigeria. Data for the study was collected from 83 Extension agents from the Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP). Results of the study revealed that the organizational factors that affect performance are mobility/logistic factors, job design and Administration. It is therefore recommended that Agricultural extension agents should be encouraged to develop a meaningful work experience. There is need to recruit adequate number of extension agents. International donor agencies involved in agricultural development should ensure adequate budgetary arrangement to accommodate extra costs involved in extension agents participation activities. The Agricultural Development Programme should show more concern for staff welfare to enhance adequate commitment to organizational goal and Extension Service generally. Government should take measures to improve working conditions of the field agents through provision of transport allowances, monthly salaries and provision of infrastructural facilities in the rural areas to enable the extension agent live in their place of work. Field agents must be part of decisions concerning their personal welfare and job advancement.
Keywords: performance, extension workers
Global Approaches to Extension Practice Vol. 3 (1) 2007: pp. 21-29