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Evaluation of river sand as a medium for raising cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) seedlings, Konlan, Sampson, and Opoku-Agyeman Michael Obour , American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Online, p.120, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
A Comparative Study of Effects of Drying Methods on Quality of Cocoa Beans, Lasisi, D. , International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology (IJERT), 01/2014, Volume 3, Issue 1, Nigeria, p.996, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Increasing cocoa productivity and farmer capacity in surrounding area of PT Kaltim Prima Coal and PT Berau Coal, Baon, J.B., Prawoto A.A., Wibawah A., and Abdoellah S. , JOURNAL OF DEGRADED AND MINING LANDS MANAGEMENT, 01/2014, Volume 1, Issue 2, p.104, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Geographical Indication (GI) Options for Ethiopian Coffee and Ghanaian Cocoa, Oguamanam, Chidi, and Dagne Teshager , Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, Cape Town, p.pp 77-108, (2014) , (Academic Publication)

Perceptions of extension agents on information exchange with cocoa farmers in the Eastern region of Ghana

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TitlePerceptions of extension agents on information exchange with cocoa farmers in the Eastern region of Ghana
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBaah, F., Anchirinah V., and Badu-Yeboah A.
JournalScientific Research and Essay
End Page694 - 699
Date Published2009///
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsextension services, farmers & production, Ghana, productivity & quality

Interactive communication between extension agents and cocoa farmers in Ghana is critical to the effort to raise farm-level productivity. This study sought to investigate the perceptions of extension agents on how prepared they are for their jobs, the support they receive from their employer and to what extent their training and other needs are provided. Randomly selected extension agents in the East Akim and Atiwa districts of the Eastern region were interviewed using structured questionnaires in October-December 2008. Majority (81.3%) have been trained at the various agricultural colleges and also in various husbandry practices thereafter. However, they suggested further training in areas such as needs analysis and extension approaches. It emerged that majority do not feel motivated because of low remuneration, lack of transport and absence of basic teaching aids. It is concluded that policy makers cannot afford to ignore the concerns of extension agents if farmers are to benefit from them. The implications are that the basic needs of extension staff should be met if they are to interact effectively with farmers and provide needed information, a critical ingredient for higher productivity.


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