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Creating Awareness Among Farmers for the Use of Mobile Phone Cellular Technology for Dissemination of Information Regarding Aphid (Macrosiphum Miscanthi, Hemiptera, Aphididae) Attack on Wheat Crop

Creating Awareness Among Farmers for the Use of Mobile Phone Cellular Technology for Dissemination of Information Regarding Aphid (Macrosiphum Miscanthi, Hemiptera, Aphididae) Attack on Wheat Crop

Ejaz Ashraf1*, Hafiz Khurram Shurjeel2 and Mujahid Iqbal3  

1Associate Prof. Dept. of Agricultural Extension; 2Ph.D. Research scholar, Dept. of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Pakistan; 3Director (Retd.) Horticulture, Agricultural Research Institute, Sariab Road, Quetta-Pakistan

ejaz.ashraf@uos.edu.pk
 

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted in December. 2014 in district Sargodha-Punjab, Pakistan to assess the role of Mobile phone cellular technology for dissemination of information regarding Macrosiphum miscanthi, attack on wheat crop by mobile phone. A sample size of 60 farmers was selected by systematic sampling technique using the available list of the farmers provided by Agricultural Extension Department. The respondents were than randomly assigned into two groups, one group was comprised of experimental group (to whom a set of advisory instructions were sent by mobile phone) and other was control (face-to-face). Two- population independent t-test was applied for comparison of the two methods of instructions. The results of the study revealed that both methods were equally applicable and effective regarding timely transfer of information or knowledge to the farmers for aphid attack on wheat crop. Hence, it is concluded that the goal for creating awareness among farmers for the use of Mobile phone cellular technology is as effective as face-to-face (traditional method) for dissemination of desired information regarding aphid attack on wheat crop. In addition, more respondents may interact with the Extension Field Staff (EFS) by using cellular technology irrespective whether or not EFS are able to reach them physically 

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 50, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2398

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