Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics &amp; Sociology (ISSN:&nbsp;2320-7027)</strong> aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJAEES/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all areas of ‘Agricultural Extension, Economics &amp; Sociology research’. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled, OPEN peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> SCIENCEDOMAIN international en-US Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 2320-7027 Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Tools for Sharing of Agricultural Related Information in Osun State: Implications for Rural Information Needs <p>The study was motivated by the need to harness technological advancement to enhance agricultural production in Osun State. The study assessed the utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) tools for sharing of agricultural related information in Osun State, Nigeria. The study illustrated the socio economic characteristics of the Respondent, identified the available ICT tools for sharing of various agricultural related information, identified agricultural related information shared through various available ICT tools, measured the frequency of utilization of the identified ICT tools and assessed the severity of challenges encountered by Respondent in the utilization of ICT tools in the study area. Sixty percent of Extension Agents in each of the three zones in the study area were sampled. The data collected were examined using descriptive statistics tools while regression analysis was used to test the significant relationship between the socio-economic characteristics of Respondents and their frequency of utilization of ICT Tools for sharing of agricultural related information in the study areas. The analysis of the data was carried out with the use of SPSS version 22. The findings revealed that the average age of Respondents was 39 years; more than half of the respondent (67.1%) were male; most (81.4%) of the respondent were married; majority (68.6%) of the respondent were Christian; about (70%) of the respondent had tertiary education. The mean household size was 5 members per household; majority of the respondents belonged to one association or the other and they access the internet with their own data plan. Radio (wms 2.7) was ranked first as most available ICT tools for sharing information in the study area. Furthermore, information on availability and sources of farm inputs (wms2.3) was ranked most shared information while information on storage facilities (wms1.0) was ranked the least shared information by the Respondents. Also, the initial cost of procurement of ICT gadgets, cost of maintenance, risk of theft of gadget, and fluctuating power supply were the major challenges encountered with the use of various ICT tools. Regression analysis identified a significant relationship between selected socio-economic characteristics of the Respondents and frequency of Utilization of ICT Tools for sharing Agriculture related information. The study recommended use of Radio as medium through which agricultural related information should be shared bearing in mind its ease of access, little cost of procurement and maintenance, extent of reach and frequency of usage among the respondents. Provision of access to internet facility was recommended in order to afford respondents a limitless right to use information on the World Wide Web. Finally, alternative source of power to enable respondents recharge their ICT gadgets was recommended to make up for unreliable electricity supply.</p> Saheed Ige Adetunbi A. T. Kareem B. A. Oyebamiji ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-08 2020-09-08 1 10 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930402 Perception of Recipients of Agricultural Science Education of Agriculture and Agribusiness: A Survey <p>Effort of government at all levels to transform agricultural sector in Nigeria and diversify the economy from oil required that Nigeria educated youth should be persuaded to take active roles in the process. As youth have latent potential to overcome some major constraints to improving agricultural productivity. Major step in this direction is to encourage and support graduates of agriculture and related fields to take up career in agribusiness. On these premises this paper examined willingness of students of vocational agricultural education in colleges of education to take up career in agricultural-entrepreneurship. Questionnaires were given to 76 final year students in the department of Agricultural Science Education, The College of Education, Lanlate. The findings revealed that respondents have positive perceptions of agriculture and agribusiness and showed strong willingness to find their opportunity to contribute as leaders and participants in agricultural sector. Major challenges to willingness to actively participate in agribusiness were found to be limited-access to capital, land, agribusiness information and extension services, risk of uncertainty in agriculture, and high cost of inputs. The paper recommended strengthening of extension services and out of school agricultural knowledge, improve access to capital, land and information on government support and reinvigoration of agricultural-entrepreneurship education to make it relevant to needs of the recipients and address emerging challenges in agricultural sector.</p> Olufemi Adeyemi Owoade ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-08 2020-09-08 11 20 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930403 Study on Consumer Buying Behavior, Awareness and Preference for A2 Milk in Hyderabad, India <p>Now-a-days almost all trending milk start-ups were following the principles and practices of age-old people. Indians were known to consume the desi milk since ages which is categorized as A2 milk. The concept of A2 milk has again trended when people started realizing the benefits of A2 milk, so market for A2 milk is also increasing rapidly. Around 10 A2 milk firms have emerged over the last 5 years in Hyderabad city, Hence, the study taken up to study consumer buying behaviour, awareness and preference of A2 milk in Hyderabad, Telangana state from January-March 2020. The 120 consumers were selected randomly from segmented areas of selected firms in the study area. Percentages, Chi-square test and factor analysis methods were used to analyse the data. The study revealed that majority of the consumers are well educated, middle aged people having more than 8lakhs annual income. Majority of the consumers were aware about A2 milk consumption increases brain function and A2 milk is a good measure for Type-I diabetes majorly through word-of-mouth and social media. Product quality, product attributes, health benefits, easy accessibility and word of mouth are the five factors which influencing the consumers to purchase A2 milk. Majority of the consumers were purchasing 3-7 litres/week of A2 milk on alternate day and depended upon home delivery for their regular purchase of A2 milk. Family size and annual income of the family had a significant association in determining the quantity of purchase of A2 milk.</p> Vadapally Mounika B. Ganesh Kumar . Seema K. Supriya ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-11 2020-09-11 21 29 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930404 Rate of Adoption and Diffusion of Dairy Innovations by the Dairy Farmers in Andhrapradesh <p>Rate of adoption in the present study refers to the acceptance and application by a respondent, some or all the innovations recommended in the package of selected dairy innovations. Rate of diffusion is operationalized as the time taken by the dairy farmer to implement the innovation recommended, to the time form which the farmer is aware of the innovation. A total of 360 dairy farmers, who were first to adopt innovations suggested by the State Animal Husbandry Department from three districts of Andhra Pradesh i.e., Visakhapatnam, Krishna and Chittoor districts were selected purposively for the study. A total of nine dairy innovations were suggested for adoption to the dairy farmers in the study area. Based on adoption quotient computed, the farmers were categorized into low, medium and high adopters and item analysis on adoption of dairy innovations was carried out. Item analysis identified that, out of the nine practices recommended, only five practices i.e., package of practices for rearing heifers, pregnant and lactating animals; feeding of area specific mineral mixture, strategies for enhancement of milk yield and quality, marketing strategies to improve milk sales, use of ICT’s in adoption of innovations were adopted by majority of dairy farmers while remaining four practices i.e., cultivation and feeding of Azolla, hydroponic fodder, use of milking machine and formulation and feeding of complete feed blocks had shown almost low to nil adoption by sizeable section of the respondents. The reasons for adoption of the above mentioned five practices is due to dominant role played by them in influencing production levels, minimum input costs and high economic returns where as the remaining four practices involved high input costs, sound operational skills, low economic returns and non-applicability in all situations which might have been the reasons for their adoption to a meager extent.</p> G. Triveni G. R. K. Sharma Ch. Satyanarayana K. Sarjan Rao T. Raghunandhan ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-16 2020-09-16 30 37 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930405 Oil Pollution, Water Quality and Livelihood Sources in the Kolo Creek Area, Bayelsa State Nigeria <p><strong>Aim:</strong> This study was conducted in Kolo creek, Ogbia, Bayelsa state to ascertain the effects of oil pollution on water quality and its attending consequences on the people’s livelihood sources.</p> <p><strong>Study Design:</strong> The study adopted the quasi experimental and cross sectional research design.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> A total of 587 respondents were used as the sample for the study, where 587 copies of the questionnaire were designed, distributed and returned filled and used for analysis.&nbsp; Water quality analysis was done for consumable water quality and Aquaculture.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> The study revealed that oil pollution affects water quality in the area, given rise to a decline in food production and low fish catch amongst others. It also revealed that total heterotrophic bacteria level in the communities exceeds the WHO permissible limit for water quality and hence the water is not fit for consumption. All the parameters tested for Aquaculture based analysis were found to be within the WHO permissible limit for aquaculture except for TSS and DO for Otuasega community. Statistically, the study revealed that there is a statistically significant difference in the quality of water in the sampled communities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard for consumable water quality. The study also revealed that oil exploitation affects livelihood sources of Ogbia people.</p> <p><strong>Recommendation:</strong> The study recommends that the people’s livelihood sources should be revitalized, through full remediation and support to the locals to bring to end agitations and illegal activities which hamper National economy and growth and development.</p> L. Ushie Chukwu-Okeah G. O. Imiete G. ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-19 2020-09-19 38 47 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930406 Exploring the Potential and Performance of the Oilseed Mustard Variety Binasharisha-9 in Some Selected Areas of Bangladesh <p>The study aimed to identify the profitability of mustard variety and was conducted in three Binasarisha-9 growing areas of Bangladesh, namely Mymensingh, Sherpur and Ranpur district. In total, data were collected from randomly selected 180 farmers, 60 farmers from each area. Survey was conducted in sadar, Gouripur and Nalitabari Upazila of Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sherpur district, respectively. From each areas 30 farmers was adopters and 30 was non-adopters. In the sampled areas data were collected through pre-designed interview schedule from January-March, 2019. Tabular, descriptive statistics and logit model were used to fulfill objectives.The study ascertains that mustard production is profitable. The average per hector net return was Tk. 22278.34 and profitability ratio was 1.50. Thirteen explanatory variables were performed in logit regression analysis in this study. The result of logit regression model shows that experience of household head, farm size, annual income, yield, training, and extension contact were found as positively significant and earning person, duration and weather were found as negatively significant variables in explaining the variation in Binasarisha-9 adoption of farm households. The major constraints were: About 20% mentioned about lack of training facilities and was top ranked followed by quality seed in timely (13.33%), infestation of disease (11.11%), and other (9.99%) were found among the mustard growers.</p> Razia Sultana Md. Habibur Rahman Mohammad Rashidul Haque Md. Mohsin Ali Sarkar Syful Islam Ashrafun Nahar Mohammad Monirul Hasan Tipu Nowrin Islam Toma ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-09-19 2020-09-19 48 57 10.9734/ajaees/2020/v38i930407