Dynamics of Marketing Communication Platforms Used by Farmers to Access Information on Agriculture in Kakamega County, Kenya

Abstract

Agriculture is fundamental to Kenya’s development as anchored in the in the Bottom-Up Economic blue print and Vision 2030. Despite the increasing promotional attempts by marketers, manufacturers and even government agencies, agricultural production is marred by low outputs, low uptake of farm inputs such as fertilizer, quality seeds, equipment, chemicals, and reluctance in adopting new agricultural innovations. The presence of various marketing communication approaches, several information platforms, and financial incentives to the clientele notwithstanding, the uptake of farm inputs is still very low. The objective of this study was to describe the dynamics of integrated marketing communication platforms that are used by farmers in accessing information on agriculture. The Uses and Gratifications Theory by Katz, Blumler, and Gurevitch was adopted because of its ability to examine diverse media and communication channel preferences among audiences. The theory advances the use of alterative media platforms where traditional ones are not effective. The researcher relied on Mixed-methods in actualizing the study. Simple random sampling was used to get 259 farmers, while purposive sampling was used to select Agricultural Society of Kenya officials and agricultural extension officers. Six agro-dealers were randomly selected while quota sampling was used to get media personnel. Data were collected through questionnaires, interviews, and focus group discussions. Qualitative and quantitative approaches were used in analysis and organization of results. Findings were presented descriptively and complemented by graphs, tables, percentages, and charts. This enabled the researcher to draw inferences that later informed the conclusions of the study which indicate that participants had access to multiple marketing communication platforms that they relied upon to access information on agriculture. The channels included both traditional and new media platforms such as radio, TV, SMS, interpersonal communication, and public barazas, which were effective in sharing information on agriculture. The study recommended the following; embracement of targeted marketing; empowerment of Agricultural field officers and increase collaborations with vibrant agricultural organizations; make use of integrated communication platforms that meet regional needs; utilization of social media to advertise; and finally, embrace continuous provision of agricultural information at all times.
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APA

Juma</div>, < (2024). Dynamics of Marketing Communication Platforms Used by Farmers to Access Information on Agriculture in Kakamega County, Kenya. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/dynamics-of-marketing-communication-platforms-used-by-farmers-to-access-information-on-agriculture-in-kakamega-county-kenya

MLA 8th

Juma</div>, <div>Lumbasi "Dynamics of Marketing Communication Platforms Used by Farmers to Access Information on Agriculture in Kakamega County, Kenya" Afribary. Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/dynamics-of-marketing-communication-platforms-used-by-farmers-to-access-information-on-agriculture-in-kakamega-county-kenya. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Juma</div>, <div>Lumbasi . "Dynamics of Marketing Communication Platforms Used by Farmers to Access Information on Agriculture in Kakamega County, Kenya". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024. Web. 14 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/dynamics-of-marketing-communication-platforms-used-by-farmers-to-access-information-on-agriculture-in-kakamega-county-kenya >.

Chicago

Juma</div>, <div>Lumbasi . "Dynamics of Marketing Communication Platforms Used by Farmers to Access Information on Agriculture in Kakamega County, Kenya" Afribary (2024). Accessed July 14, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/dynamics-of-marketing-communication-platforms-used-by-farmers-to-access-information-on-agriculture-in-kakamega-county-kenya