ERIC Number: ED335490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Effect of the Relationship between Agricultural Extension Agents and Wheat Farmers in Medina Region, Saudi Arabia, on the Adoption of Appropriate Wheat Production Practices. A Summary Report of Research. Department Information Bulletin 91-3.
Bakri, Mohammad Saleh
The relationship between agricultural extension agents and wheat farmers in the Medina region, Saudi Arabia, was analyzed, based on each group's perception of the relationship. Participants were 73 randomly selected wheat farmers and 31 of 34 agricultural extension agents working in the region during spring 1990. Farmers were interviewed, and extension agents were given questionnaires. The following statistical tests were used to analyze data: frequencies, means, standard deviation, percentages, correlated t-test, Spearman correlation, and chi-square test. Findings indicated that extension agents did not perform the role of demonstrator at the level farmers expected. Most farmers preferred neighbors as sources of agricultural information. Farmers who adopted farm practices examined in the study were those who had higher education, had studied agriculture, and had a large amount of land in wheat production. There was no association between 7 of the 12 sources of information used by farmers and extension agents, and farmers used the sources to a greater extent. Farmers perceived their relationship with the extension agent as only slightly beneficial at best. Findings implied that extension agents should give small landholding farmers more attention, identify and work closely with opinion leaders, and learn and transfer information. Recommendations for the extension system and for further research were made. (75 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia