Utilization of Social Media for Accessing Scientific Information by Livestock Farmers in Karnataka State

U.M. Rakshith Raj, K. Satyanarayan, V. Jagadeeswary, Prakashkumar Rathod, S. Naveen Kumar, D. G. Mahadevappa

Abstract


The agricultural and livestock research, education, and extension are important components for increasing production and meeting the demands of the growing population with sustainability. In this context, knowledge or information is very critical for improving the production under the present extension delivery system in India. Several studies have highlighted emerging ICTs which have the potential to reach the mass population at a limited time despite traditional media. One such emerging ICT is Social Media, which is utilized by most of the stakeholders, including farmers around the globe. Hence, for documenting its application for livestock information needs among the livestock farmers, an ex-post-facto exploratory study was conducted in Southern Karnataka using 108 purposively selected farmers, which comprised of 36 farmers each belonging to dairy, poultry and sheep and goat husbandry with pre-tested structured interview schedule. Majority of the farmers in each category were aware about social media and possessed social media accounts with highest number of WhatsApp accounts being possessed by the farmers. Social media was utilized for obtaining information about latest livestock production and management practices in all the categories. From these findings, it could be elucidated that the respondents predominantly perceived that social media had higher benefits in attaining livestock related information and adoption of digital knowledge into practice.

Keywords


Extension education, ICT, Livestock farmers, Livestock management, Social media.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21887/ijvsbt.15.4.17

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