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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.5 (4), pp. 199-206, April 2017
ISSN: 2354-4147: International Standard Journal Number (ISJN) e-ISJN: A4372-2604

Assessment of agricultural information sourcing and linkages between research and extension organizations in Benue State, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA62931160
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Original Research Article


*1Kughur, P. G., 1Tumba, D. and  2Ogunlase, O. O.


1Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, College of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

2Department of Agricultural Technology, Federal College of Forestry P.M.B. 2019 Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. *Corresponding author E-mail:  gyandenkugh@gmail.com.


date Received: February 2, 2017     date Accepted: April 3, 2017     date Published: April 26, 2017

Abstract

The study assessed agricultural information sourcing and linkage between research and extension organizations in Benue State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling was used to select a total of 32 respondents each from Agricultural Development Project/Benue State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority and the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. Primary data were collected using structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results revealed that 37.5% of researchers sourced their agricultural information from research findings and journals, agricultural development project staff sourced their agricultural information from subject matter specialists. On the factors affecting linkage, researchers: 37.5% top-down policies, agricultural development project staff: 50% lack of motivation, rate of contact between researchers and extension agents: researchers, 62.5% fair, agricultural development project staff: 62.5% fair, relationship between researchers and extension agents, researchers: 62.5% very weak, agricultural development project staff: 75% weak and on communication link, researchers: 62.5% scientific publications and agricultural development project staff 62% subject matter specialists. It is recommended that varied sources of agricultural information should be made available to agricultural resource persons, top-down linkage policies should be avoided and agricultural development project staff should be motivated.


Keywords: Agricultural information, sourcing, linkages, research, extension, organization