Contribution Of Information Channels To Adoption Of Aquaculture Technologies Among Fish Farmers In Anambra State And Implication For Training
Keywords: adoption, aquaculture, technologies, training
AbstractA Study on contribution of information channels to adoption of aquaculture technologies was carried out in Anambra State. A total of 144 respondents were sampled with questionnaire in 2005 to generate data which was analysed with descriptive statistical tools. Contact methods constitute the dominant sources of information to fish farmers while mass methods are grossly under utilized. Extension agents and State ADP championed information dissemination to respondents to attain 67.8% adoption.
However, information were found to be less effective to meet fish farmers need for high productivity, thus creating doubt on reliability and accuracy of information. By implication, both fish farmers and EAs need training to improve their knowledge on aquaculture technologies. It entails strengthening linkage between fisheries research and extension for active participation in MTRM and FNT for easy access to information and practical knowledge. This should be supported by public-private partnership for
promotion and sponsorship of aquaculture technologies in the mass media with other ICTs like tape, VCD, VHS, SMS and GSM for effective coverage and service delivery to fish farmers.
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