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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(8): 2708-2717
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.283


Are Indian Farmer’s Ready to Seek ICT based Extension Services? A Study on the Measurement of e-Readiness
Ravinder Naik Vankudothu1 and Rabindra Nath Padaria2
1Agriculture Extension, AICC and PJTSAU Press, PJTSAU R Nagar,Hyderabad, India
2Extension, Division of Agriculture Extension, IARI, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The world of twenty first century is a century of uncertainties. The advent of Information Technology has changed the world a lot without leaving any domain of life including agriculture. Information and Communication Technology plays an indispensable role in the transfer of agricultural information to the farming community. But, factors such as e-readiness of the farming community plays an important role in the effective transfer of technology using ICT mediated extension services. The present study was an attempt to measure the e-readiness level of the farmers as a part of PhD research work at the Division of Agriculture Extension, IARI, New Delhi using e-readiness index developed for the purpose. Data were gathered from about 435 farmers (270 users and 165 non users of ICT based extension service) from Andhra Pradesh (includes parts of present Telangana), Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka states. Results shown that, majority of the mobile advisory beneficiaries (95.00%) and community radio listeners (93.30%) were less e-ready. The ICT beneficiaries of Mandya district showed higher e-readiness (0.368) as compared to other districts namely Chitradurga, Dharwad, Gwalior, Chhindwara, Vidisha, Anantapur, Mahaboobnagar and Medak. The composite e-readiness index value of the ICT beneficiaries of Karnataka was higher (0.344) than Andhra Pradesh (0.331) and Madhya Pradesh (0.323). The findings of the study related to e-readiness could provide guidance to the relevant organisations and policy makers for designing and implementation of ICT programmes for the effective utilisation of ICT based extension projects.


Keywords: Information technology, Information and communication technology, E-readiness, Mobile advisory, Community Radio
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Ravinder Naik Vankudothu and Rabindra Nath Padaria. 2018. Are Indian Farmer’s Ready to Seek ICT based Extension Services? A Study on the Measurement of e-Readiness.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(8): 2708-2717. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.283