ERIC Number: ED339829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Educational and Financial Needs of Small-Scale Dairy Farmers in Socopo, Venezuela. Summary of Research 64.
Nieto, Ruben D.; Henderson, Janet L.
The process of transferring agricultural technology in many countries was studied to determine the perceived educational and financial needs of small-scale dairy farmers in Socopo, Venezuela. The following data were collected: (1) demographic characteristics--age, educational level, farm size, number of lactating cows, dairy farming experience, and family income; (2) perceived educational and financial needs; (3) sources of obtaining technical information and frequency of use; (4) teaching techniques; and (5) relationships between the demographic characteristics and perceived educational and financial needs. Data for the descriptive correlational study were collected through personal interviews (N=137). Descriptive statistics were used to accomplish study objectives. Study findings included the following: (1) there is a discrepancy in terms of educational needs in dairy farm management activities; (2) educational programs for farmers should be based on identified needs, not farmer characteristics; (3) farmers need the most financial help in forages and livestock areas; (4) farmers preferred veterinarians, county extension agents, and neighbors as information sources; and (5) farmers preferred interpersonal teaching techniques over mass media techniques. (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.