Preferences of ICT Tools by the Upazila Agriculture Officers (UAOs) for the Information Exchange in Bangladesh
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages: 59-65
Received: Feb. 25, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 9, 2015; Published: Mar. 14, 2015
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Khondokar Humayun Kabir, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Debashis Roy, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
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Abstract
The purpose of the study was to investigate the preferences of ICT tools by the Upazila Agricultural Officers, Bangladesh for the exchange of information. Data were collected using distributed questionnaires among the respondents. The findings showed that majority of the respondents (93.8%) had highly favorable attitude towards ICTs while 6.3% percent had moderately favorable attitude and there was no respondent had slightly favorable attitude towards ICTs. It also found that the highly preferred ICT tool by the UAOs is cell phone (1.76) and the second highly preferred tool is tab with the mean value 1.74, and on the other hand, internet (1.31) is the least preferred tools by the respondents. Correlation showed that age, job duration, personality characteristics, ambition and access to ICT tools showed significant relationship with the preferences of ICT tools by the UAOs. Challenges in using ICTs revealed that load shedding problem (2.21), lack of training facilities (2.19) and indifferences of farmers to get information through ICT (2.19) are the major challenges faced by the Upazila Agriculture Officers. Thus, it can be recommended that more ICT tools should be made available to the respondents with properly addressing the challenges so that they will be able to choose from various alternatives and also be able to gather and disseminate useful information to the farmers.
Keywords
ICT Tools, Preference, Upazila Agriculture Officer and Information Exchange
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Khondokar Humayun Kabir, Debashis Roy, Preferences of ICT Tools by the Upazila Agriculture Officers (UAOs) for the Information Exchange in Bangladesh, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 59-65. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20150402.16
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