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North-West University (2022)

Exploring potential use of e-agriculture platform for ease market access among smallholder vegetable farmers in Bojanala District

Ntwe, Ofentse Harry

Titre : Exploring potential use of e-agriculture platform for ease market access among smallholder vegetable farmers in Bojanala District

Auteur : Ntwe, Ofentse Harry

Université de soutenance : North-West University

Grade : MSc (Agricultural Economics), 2022

Résumé
E-agriculture is a worldwide community of practice where farmers/individuals from all over the globe share knowledge, ideas, and resources on using information and communication technology in order to reach sustainable agriculture and improve rural development. E-agriculture requires the use of ICT tools which are very essential for the effective operation use of e-agriculture as a platform. Little or no studies in South Africa have explored the use of e-agriculture as a platform to easing market access. Thus, the aim of the study was to identify the use of e-agriculture platform for ease markets access by smallholder vegetable farmers in Bojanala District, North WestNorthwest Province. Specifically, the objectives of the study were to determine : the socio-demographic characteristics of smallholder vegetable farmers ; determine whether the smallholder farmers in the Bojanala district are aware of e-agriculture ; investigated the willingness of farmers to adopt e-agriculture and determined the factors affecting market access of smallholder vegetable farmers in markets. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from a simple random selected sample of 92 farming households in Bojanala District. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the socio-demographic characteristics and to assess the level awareness of e-agriculture by farmers. In addition, binary logistic regression model was used to establish the significance of factors which affect willingness to adopt e-agriculture at a significance level of 5%. Moreover, factor analysis (FA) was used to determine the factors affecting market access. Descriptive results showed that 66.3% of farmers were female while only 33.70% of farmers were male. Pertaining to level of education, majority of farmers had no formal education (48.91%), 33.70% of the farmers only went to primary school, 17.39% of the farmer went secondary school and none have tertiary education. The descriptive results further revealed that, 29.35% of the farmers had no income besides farming, 46.74% of the farmers received grants from the government, 17.39% of the respondents are formally employed while 7.61% of the respondents have other forms of off-farm income. Moreover, Descriptive results showed that only 2.17% of the farmer’s access information on television, 38.04% of the farmers rely on radio for agricultural information, 13.04% of the farmers acquire farming information from reading newspapers, 17.39% of the farmer’s extract farming information from the internet and 29.35% of the farmers receive information from the extension agents.

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