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dc.contributor.authorMucheru-Muna, M.
dc.contributor.authorKimaru-Muchai, S. W.
dc.contributor.authorMugwe, J. N.
dc.contributor.authorKimemia, J. N.
dc.contributor.authorMugendi, D.N.
dc.contributor.authorMacharia, J. M.
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-17T12:44:55Z
dc.date.available2014-07-17T12:44:55Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Education Quality Education for Societal Transformationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://cuseinkenya.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ICE2011.pdf#page=547
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/10478
dc.description.abstractInadequate links between researchers and farmers has resulted in a pitiful lack of take-up of research advances recommended to improve food security in the central highlands of Kenya. Access to timely and accurate information by extension agents and farmers is paramount in dissemination of soil fertility management (SFM) practices. Hence, the study sought to investigate the effect of education levels on communication channels used to disseminate soil fertility technologies in the Central highlands of Kenya. Structured questionnaires were used to elicit information from 105 extension agents and 240 farmers. About 50.5% of the extension officers were certificate holders while 29.5% were diploma holders from agricultural institutes. Majority of the farmers had attained primary education (59.6%) while 25.8% and 9.2% had attained secondary and tertiary education, respectively. Research institutions were the most accessible sources of information on soil fertility management practices by extension agents while internet and scientific conferences were the least scored as accessible sources of SFM information by extension agents. Education levels significantly (r=0.154, P<0.01) influenced preference of individual approach methods by farmers. There was positive significant relationship (r=0.368, P<0.001) between education and accessibility of internet as a source of information on green manure. The implication of the study was that education levels influenced the mode of communication used in transfer of SFM research outputs to the target end users. Consequently, it is extremely important to consider education levels in selection of dissemination pathways used in agriculture.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectcommunication Channelsen_US
dc.subjectsource of informationen_US
dc.subjectindividual approachesen_US
dc.subjectinterneten_US
dc.titleThe effect of education levels in dissemination of soil fertility management practices in the central highlands of Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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