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ERIC Number: EJ939198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1389-224X
Changes in Information Systems in Czech Agriculture
Slavik, Milan
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, v10 n4 p193-202 2004
A study carried out in 1998 (reported in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 2003) of the information systems used by farmers in the Czech Republic to access information and advice was repeated in 2003. The research aim was to assess whether, and how, the systems had changed during these five years. The perceived importance of 10 categories of information relating to farming had changed little during this time. The sources used to obtain this information, and related advice, had, however, been less stable. The relative importance of half the sources used had changed to higher or lower levels. The sources of high importance for information are largely institutional; for advice they are more social. There is an increasing need for professional consultants and horizontal transfer of information is important as well. There was no evident consistent trend in the size of the information systems, measured as the actual numbers of sources used, but it is possible that there is a move towards smaller numbers, especially for advice. There has been a large investment in computers on farms since 1998. A good start has been made in developing a system of professional consultants for farmers. Optimism about the future has declined a little among the private farmers, though it remains higher than on the co-operative and company farms, despite the uncertainties facing agriculture. More study is needed to assess the adequacy of the information systems for farmers undertaking diversification. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic