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Agricultural and Information Needs and Utilization among Migrant Fishermen by Gender: A Study of Isoko Reverie Community, Delta State, Nigeria

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Author Otolo Patience Uzezi
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 263-267
Volume No. 6
Issue No. 5
Issue Date June 1, 2015
Publishing Date June 1, 2015
Keywords Agricultural, Information needs Male, Female, Migrant, Fishermen


Abstract

This study investigated the agricultural information needs and use among literate and non-literate migrant fishermen in Isoko Reverie areas of Delta State, Nigeria. The study employed the descriptive survey design. The population for the study involved all the migrant further men in the Isoko speaking reverie areas (235 in all) when constituted the sample of the study. Questionnaire method was used for collecting data. A total of 235 copies of questionnaire were distributed to all the migrant fishermen. Out of this number, 215 (92%) copies of the questionnaire were retrieved from the respondents and used for the study. Frequency counts and simple percentages were used to analyze data. Results revealed that majority of literate and non-literate migrant fishermen agreed that they needed some agricultural information that how to control water hyacinths. They also needed agricultural information mostly on where to get fishing gear, the purpose of using agricultural information included better methods of fishing, how to obtain and use storage faculty, modern methods of fishing, how to obtain and use storage faculty, modern methods of fish harvesting etc. Their sources of agricultural information included pursuit experiences, neighbors/friends etc. The study revealed problems encountered while seeking agricultural information included lack of good roads to reverie areas, lack of visits by agricultural extension offices, high cost and maintenance of mobile phone. It was recommended that government should construct good roads for reverie villages to enhance easy movement to migrant fishermen. Adequate information communication system should be provided for smooth flow of information. Boat libraries should be established to enhance information dissemination in reverie areas to reduce illiteracy level of non-literate migrant fishermen.
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