International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research ADOPTION OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTs) AMONG FARMERS IN RURAL AREAS OF FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ABUJA, NIGERIA
This study assessed the adoption of Information Communication Technologies by farmers in rural areas of Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 142 farmers. The data were collected with the aid of structured questionnaires and analysed using descriptive statistics and logit regression analysis. The results showed that majority (91.4 percent) of the respondents are using GSM/cell phone, 83.5 percent used radio and 66. 2 percent used
... cent used television set. Those that adopted internet electronic mailing constitute 20.1 percent and this was among the lowest adoption rate of ICTs components observed in this study. The findings also revealed that ICTs are being used to established contacts by the farmers. Majority (84.2 percent) reported that they established contacts with the use of ICTs. Those that are getting information on government policies constitute 43.2 percent. About 48 percent benefit from market information through the use of ICTs. Socioeconomic factors influencing adoption of ICTs in the study area were age, education, access to credit and farmers income are the factors influencing the use ICTs among the farmers. The study recommends that provision of sustainable rural infrastructure such as electricity should be intensified by government and non-governmental agencies so as to increase the usage of ICTs for the development of agriculture.