INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF CASSAVA FARMERS IN UPATA CLAN, EKPEYE COMMUNITY OF RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
Aziagba, P. C. and Okede, G. W.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study dealt on fresh cassava farmers in Ekpeye land of Rivers State, Nigeria. This study adopted a survey research design which cluster sampling technique was used to select 984 respondents on random basis from four clusters. Structured questionnaire was design for the collection of data. Three categories of farmers were identified in the study. They are peasants, commercial and cooperative farmers. The peasant farmers are mainly old and retiring group with little needs and information. The commercial farmers are individual prospective farmers. The cooperative farmers are those who agreed to contribute their efforts, money and resources for a common goal and objective. They are anxious to getting information about how, what and where to go for more knowledge and assistance. It was also observed that the farmers desiring information from colleagues, extension workers, agricultural institutions, news media and banks in order to sustain, organize and expand their efforts in profit making. It is the position of this study that if cassava farmers are given more information, they will surely do better. In this case, they should be given more education as this would benefit them.