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Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

Problems faced by farmers in application of e-Agriculture in Bangladesh

Sheikh Mohammed Mamur Rashid and Md. Rezwan Islam

*Department of Agricultural Extension and Information System, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Department of Finance, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Accepted 25 May, 2016

Citation: Rashid SMM and Islam MR (2016). Problems faced by farmers in application of e-Agriculture in Bangladesh. Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, 3(1): 079-084.

Copyright: © 2016 Rashid and Islam. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to identify the obstacles that Bangladeshi farmers encountered while using e-Agriculture services. Primary data were collected in Bhatbour Block of Dhighi union under Sadar Upazila of Minikganj District where the local government had been implementing the e-Agriculture pilot project since 2011. Data were collected from 1 September, 2015 to 30 September, 2015. Descriptive statistics, multiple regression (B) method were used for analysis. Findings discovered that lack of knowledge on e-Agriculture was the major problem that affected the farmers in the study area.  In addition to that, the study also revealed that education, participation in training, usages of e-Agriculture, attitude towards e-Agriculture and availability of e-Agriculture had significant contribution towards the problems faced by farmers’ in using e-Agriculture. These variables accounted for 65.8 percent of the problems faced by farmers’ in using e-Agriculture. Based on these findings, the researchers suggest that government should implement integrated marketing communication using the popular print and electronic media so that awareness about the service will reach majority of the population more and more people get aware of this service. In addition to that, the researchers recommend that the NGO’s and local government bodies should create awareness to the farmers via organization of local seminars and training programs on availability and usefulness of e-Agriculture service.

Key words: e-Agriculture, problem, usages of ICTs, farmers, agricultural development