The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has adopted mobile phone for
extension delivery. However, much was unknown the competencies and
frequency of mobile phone use by farmers and extension agents. The study used
descriptive correlation design to assess mobile phone use in agricultural extension
delivery in Eastern Region, Ghana. Multi-stage sampling and structured interview
schedule were used to collect data from 95 AEAs and 330 farmers. Statistical
tools such as frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviation, correlation
coefficients, T-test and stepwise multiple linear regression were used to analysis
the data. The study revealed that socioeconomic, mobile phone background
characteristics of farmers and AEAs relate to frequent use of mobile phone for
extension delivery. Farmers and AEAs use voice call mobile phone application
but differently in extension delivery. Differences exist between AEAs and
farmers’ competency in the use of mobile phone. While amount of money spent
per week and quality of network reception are important factors that influence the
frequent use of mobile phone by farmers that of AEAs include type of phone,
income, and age. High call tariffs and access to recharge credit were main
challenges to using mobile phone for extension. The study recommends among
others the need for MoFA to provide training on the use of mobile phone
applications and incentives for farmers and AEAs to use mobile phone.
Furthermore, more youthful AEAs and females should be recruited as AEAs.
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Research, SSA. "THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION DELIVERY IN THE EASTERN REGION, GHANA" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 23, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-use-of-mobile-phones-in-agricultural-extension-delivery-in-the-eastern-region-ghana