Sokoine University of Agriculture

Perception of farmers on effectiveness of agricultural extension agents in knowledge transfer to maize growers in Kilindi district

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dc.contributor.author Mcharo, Anna Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-01T05:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-01T05:27:54Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/579
dc.description.abstract The interaction between extension agents and farmers and the extent to which farmers perceive extension agents as useful to them is paramount to bringing about change in agriculture output. However, little information is available in Kilindi District; therefore, this study was conducted to assess farmers‟ perception on the effectiveness of their extension agents in knowledge transfer to maize farmers in Kilindi District. Specifically, the study intended to: identify socio-economic factors affecting knowledge transfer to maize growers; identify problems associated with low maize yield in the study area and determine farmers‟ perception on the effectiveness of their extension agents in obtaining required knowledge on maize growing. Data were collected from 121 households, using cross-sectional research design. A General Linear Regression was used to estimate perceived effectiveness of AEAs in knowledge transfer using a five point likert scale. Results show that age, household size, farm size, and AEAs contacts had significant influence on technological transfer to maize growers in the study area. It was also found that 25.6%, 95.9%, 43%, and 75.2%, of respondents were impacted by plant diseases and pests, low market prices and low yields, respectively. Again, 63% to 96.6% of the respondents strongly disagreed on the effectiveness of AEAs in knowledge transfer, 90.9% to 99.2% of respondents had negative perceptions on the advantages of AEAs. It is therefore recommended that local government should enforce equitably distribution of agricultural extension services in rural areas as well equipping AEAs with knowledge and skills on pest and diseases control and training them on new technologies to maximize farmers yield hence increasing income. The local government should support and facilitate easy access of AEAs to rural farmers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Rose Lucas en_US
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dc.publisher Sokoine University Of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Maize growers en_US
dc.subject Agricultural extension agents en_US
dc.subject Kilindi district en_US
dc.subject Knowledge transfer en_US
dc.subject Maize production constraints en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Perception of farmers on effectiveness of agricultural extension agents in knowledge transfer to maize growers in Kilindi district en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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