Determinants of Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among Actors within the Cassava Value Chain in Anambra State, Nigeria
The study assessed influence of socio-economic characteristics of cassava value chain actors (farmers, marketers, processors, and consumers) on use of ICT in Anambra State. A multistage random sampling technique was used to select 319 respondents for the study. Data used for this study were from primary sources collected with the aid of a well structured questionnaire and interview schedule. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics, mean from likert scale and multinomial logistic regression. The result indicated that majority (70.6%) of the respondents had one form of education or the other, age (72.2%) ranged between 31-50 with 46.7% married and males (60.2%). The result revealed that mobile phone, radio, television, computer and internet were the types of ICT tools often utilized by the respondents. The result also showed that major constraints to the use of ICT perceived by the actors were erratic power supply, poor networks coverage, inadequate ICT training centre, high cost of ICT facilities. The result revealed that some of the items were accepted (age, educational qualification, farming experience, cost of ICT equipment, cost of ICT maintenance and government policies) by the respondents as factors influencing use of ICT. The results of multinomial logistic regression analysis on level of use of ICT revealed that coefficients of education (X4) were positive and significant at 5% significant level for farmers’ group (1.097); marketers’ group (1.112) and consumers’ group (1.051) and the coefficients of farming experience (X6) were positive and significant at 5% significant level for farmers (1.008); processors (1.07); marketers (1.033) and consumers (1.052). It implies that education and faming experience led to increase in the use of ICT in the study area. It is therefore recommended that farmers, consumers, processor and marketers should endeavor to make judicious use of the ICT tools in order to get reliable information on new innovation that will help them increase their production and income.
NAJ supports free online communication and exchange of knowledge as the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of research and development practice are made widely available. It is therefore committed to open access, which, for authors, enables the widest possible dissemination of their findings and, for readers, increases their ability to discover pertinent information. The Journal adopts and uses the CC: BY license and is open access. This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the Journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Copyright for articles published in this Journal is retained by the Journal.