Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Agricultural Research: The Case of Haramaya University

Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Agricultural Research: The Case of Haramaya University

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Title: Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Agricultural Research: The Case of Haramaya University
Author: Alayu, Melaku; D/rAli Musa, Abakar Eissa
Abstract: The study sets out to identify the Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities used in agricultural research among agricultural researchers, to assess the benefits of ICT utilization in agricultural research and to identify the factors affecting the uses of ICT in agricultural research in Haramaya University. Purposive sampling technique was used to examine the entire population for the study with the sampling frame of M.Sc and above researchers was selected since they are actively engaged in research activity in the university. Accordingly a total of 143 respondents were selected, 38 from the area of plant science, 33 from animal science, 26 from the area of Agricultural economics, 26 from natural resource and environmental science and 20 from the rural development and agricultural extension. Pretested and validated structured interview questionnaire were used to gather data from respondents. An interview was conducted to generate additional qualitative data. In addition, secondary data were collected from relevant sources such as the university personnel office, research articles and internet. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression models. The findings of the study revealed that computer, statistical packages, internet and mobile phones were highly used ICT by sample respondents, and accordingly the respondents benefited in easing their access of literature, foreign journals, sending and receiving papers to editors through email, minimizing the problems in the analysis and interpretation of research data, and reducing errors. The major reasons for not using ICT were found out to be lack of training, and lack of sufficient time for using ICT. The Multiple linear regression model output reveals that training taken, availability of sufficient time for ICT were found to be positive and significant influence while age of the respondents was found to be negative and has significant influence on the use of ICT in agricultural research. The more the respondents had exposure to different ICT with training, use of ICT on agricultural research conduction and dissemination also increases. The overall finding of the study underlined the importance of ICT in agricultural research. Therefore, it is recommended that use of ICT in agricultural research conduction and dissemination outputs should be recognized and given due attention by the university and other concerned bodies.
Description: 81p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2964
Date: 2015-03


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