Ownership and Use of Mobile Phone Among Farmers in North Senatorial Zone of Kaduna State.
The study examined the use of mobile phone by farmers in selected communities of North Senatorial Zone of Kaduna State. Interview schedule was used to collect data from a sampled of 120 respondents. Percentage, frequency and mean score were used in analyzing data. The results showed 72% of the respondents attended primary to tertiary level of education with about 62% having farming experienced of over 15years. Majority of the respondents were engaged in farming as their primary occupation. Most (66%) owned mobile phone and found it very effective in sourcing and sending information regarding to their farming business. High cost of service charges, poor quality of mobile phone and its accessories were the top ranking constraints against the effective usage of mobile phone. The study concluded that for farmers to use mobile phone effectively for extension communication, all the constraints to its effective use need to be seriously addressed.
Keywords: Farmers, ownership, usage, mobile phone, ICT, agricultural extension transformation agenda and Kaduna State.