Farmers’ Need for an Agricultural Meteorological Information System in a Tropical Wet and Dry Climate: Imo as a Case Study
American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2015, Pages: 202-207
Received: Sep. 22, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 4, 2015; Published: Oct. 19, 2015
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Okpara Okechukwu Dominic, National Weather Forecasting and Climate Research Centre (NWFCRC), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Headquarters, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja-FCT, Nigeria
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In this paper, the Agricultural Meteorological Information System needs for rural farmers in Imo State, Nigeria, was determined in a survey of five hundred farmers using purposive sampling method and structured questionnaires. The study was able to reveal that there was need for the establishment of effective Agricultural Meteorological Information System support for enhanced agricultural productivity in Imo State. The survey also showed that the rural farmers showed great interest in using weather information for cultivation, and they also have high preference for the reception of agricultural meteorological information through their mobile phones over any other medium of information delivery in the rural areas.
Agricultural Meteorology, Agricultural Meteorological Information System, Purposive Sampling, Imo State Farmers
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Okpara Okechukwu Dominic, Farmers’ Need for an Agricultural Meteorological Information System in a Tropical Wet and Dry Climate: Imo as a Case Study, American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 202-207. doi: 10.11648/j.ajaf.20150305.15
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