Understanding Farmers’ Agriculture Extension Seeking Behaviour in Uganda
Farmers’ information seeking behaviour patterns are crucial in informing the design of extension activities to enable farmers to obtain the required information from fewer sources. Evidence shows that farmer-to-farmer engagements, call centres, Civil Society/Non-Governmental Organisations were the main sources of information for agriculturists in Uganda. In regard to the types of information sought by farmers, there was no significant increase in the number of farmers seeking training in soil fertility management, knowledge on crop varieties and marketing. The proposed single spine extension system - i.e. a single decisionmaking process from the top (MAAIF), without subsidiary bodies sharing the final decision about what is to be done - should should thus place emphasis on soil fertility management practices and seed varieties through farmer to farmer groups.
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