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Stellenbosch University (2021)

Adoption of ICT by sheep farmers in the Western Cape (Karoo and Eden) : towards sustainable farming

Mucheri, Vimbai

Titre : Adoption of ICT by sheep farmers in the Western Cape (Karoo and Eden) : towards sustainable farming

Auteur : Mucheri, Vimbai

Université de soutenance : Stellenbosch University

Grade : Master Degree (Food Science) 2021

Résumé
Sustainable livestock production refers to the rearing of livestock in agricultural systems that are more natural and can be sustained over a long period. Food markets, particularly sheep products, are becoming more globalized, making buyers more concerned about the origins of the food they consume. The study aimed to determine the use of Information and Computer Technologies (ICT) to encourage sheep farmers to record data. The study’s main objective was to assist smallholder sheep farmers in using a Sheep Breeding Management (record-keeping application) by determining the factors that influence the adoption and willingness to use ICTs by sheep farmers in the Western Cape. This was achieved by administering structured questionnaires to farmers in the Western Cape (Eden and Karoo districts). Fifty-three farmers participated in the research study. Challenges and opportunities associated with adopting a Sheep Breeding Management application (record-keeping application) were identified. A quantitative research approach was used in the study, and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. There was no association between age and district from Chi-square analysis (p = 0.67). Age plays a role in farm growth and the availability of information. Of these participants, 60.38 % were aged 55 years and above with a mean of 63.8 ±1.43. At the same time, about 39.62 % were aged below 55, with a mean of 44.3 ±1.4. Sheep farmers in Eden within the age range of 50-59 years own a significant number of sheep with an average of 132.5± 36.4 of the sheep flock. Sheep numbers are higher in the Eden district, with an average of 370.8 ± 94.3 than Karoo (180.2 ± 38.9). Age, level of familiarity, and education level are less likely to affect the willingness to adopt the record-keeping application

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