Use of Information and Communication Technology ICT in Agriculture to Uplift Small Scale Farmers in Rural Pakistan
American Journal of Engineering and Technology Management
Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages: 25-33
Received: Feb. 3, 2019;
Accepted: Mar. 11, 2019;
Published: Apr. 22, 2019
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Sabir Hussain Awan, Department of Electrical Engineering, Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan
Sheeraz Ahmed, Department of Computer Science, Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan
Muhammad Zaheer Hashim, School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
The research was conducted to determine the agricultural information needs of the rural farmers and to provide a solution to access this information in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pakistan. The research was conducted in Ten (10) Villages of different districts of KPK and a number of 460 respondents were selected for study, the study was conducted through a survey method, Face to Face interviews, focus group discussion and farmer meetings, data was collected and analyzed through descriptive statistics, percentage, frequency tables. The results indicated that most of the respondents (34.78%) fall in age group between 41-50 years, it is also found that the first preferred source of information of the farmers is fellow farmers (37.39%) following by Radio (29.13%), Major barriers to access modern information systems is high illiteracy (39.43%) and non-availability of local information centers (36.08%). During the study, a large of the number of farmers acknowledged that they are not familiar with modern practices of agriculture because they are not facilitated with new technologies to access agricultural information; as a result, they are not using such techniques and relying on traditional ways. The research study also identified that due to the highly localized nature of information and several barriers this is very essential to equip rural farmers with updated information through use of (ICT) to enhance production and improve their livelihood.
Sabir Hussain Awan,
Muhammad Zaheer Hashim,
Use of Information and Communication Technology ICT in Agriculture to Uplift Small Scale Farmers in Rural Pakistan, American Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.
Vol. 4, No. 1,
2019, pp. 25-33.
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