Farmers’ Perception towards Agricultural Technologies and their Influence on Knowledge- Seeking Behaviour: A Case of Farmers Research Network Project in Singida District, Tanzania

Authors : Pamphil, C. K.; Nyinondi, O.S.

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

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The study aimed at examined farmers’ perception towards agricultural technologies and their influence on knowledge-seeking behaviour. The study was conducted Singida District, Tanzania. Specifically, aimed at determine perceived knowledge adoption on agricultural technologies to improve smallholder farmers livelihood, asses their knowledge seeking behaviour in communities, examine the approaches deployed by farmer research networks in knowledge sharing with the farmers. The study adopted a cross- sectional research design whereby data were collected using a survey questionnaire from 205 respondents including 16 key informants and 18 focus group discussion were involved. Descriptive and inferential analysis were used to study the quantitative data, and content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data. Farmers' perception was revealed to be a significant predictor of the respondent's likelihood of engaging in knowledge-seeking behavior (p=0.043). This implies that farmers who have a positive perception of the agricultural project are more likely to make use of all the knowledge sources that the project has made available for knowledge sharing, which will aid them in enhancing productivity and agricultural production through the application of the knowledge provided by the project. According to the study, in order to maintain the sustainability of agricultural project technologies, agricultural projects should incorporate agricultural technologies that farmers need in order to increase the knowledge of smallholder farmers.

Keywords : Perception, agricultural technologies, knowledge-seeking behaviour, Farmers Research Network.


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