The effect of fish farmers’ personal characteristics and contact with extension agents on technology linkage activities in Oyo State
The study assessed the effects of fish farmers’ personal characteristics and contact with extension agents on technology linkage in Oyo State. A simple random sampling technique was employed to select (60%) 117 respondents from the list of registered fish farmers of the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP). Questionnaire was used to obtain information on personal characteristics of fish farmers, linkages and their contact with extension agents. Results showed that 99.1% of the respondents were male, 94.9 percent were married and 92.3 percent had linkage with extension agents. Results of the analysis revealed that expected frequency of extension contact was significantly related to linkage at 5% level. It can be concluded that fish farmers had linkage with extension agents and recommended that extension agents should encourage fish farmers to form agricultural social groups in their area to improve on their linkage.
Kew words: Contact, fish farmer, linkage, technology, extension agents