• Harry, A. T.
  • Igwe, F.
  • Gilbert, Sarah Onisoya


Effectiveness, Disseminating, Covid – 19 and Information


The study focused on the effectiveness of radio in disseminating covid-19 information to crop farmers in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rives State. The objectives of the study were to; describe the socio-economic characteristics of rural farmers, determine the level of awareness of the farmers about covid-19, identify the sources of covid-19 information available to farmers, examine the prevention strategies communicated by the media and its effectiveness and identify the constraints of the radio in disseminating COVID-19 information to farmers in the study area. The population of the study were crop farmers in Ikwerre. Random sampling procedure was used to select 6 communities in Ikwerre Local Government Area, bringing to a total of 100 respondents. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. A well-structured questionnaire was used to elicit data from the respondents. The result revealed that 68.0% of the respondents were female, 32.0% were male, 10% were single, 38% were married, and 52% were widowed. The mean size of the household was 7 persons, 6% had no formal education, 49% had primary education, 31% had secondary education, and 14% had tertiary education. The mean farming experience was 16 years, the mean age of the farmer is 44 years and the mean income level (₦) was 27,660. The awareness level of the farmers about covid-19 was high as a great number of the respondents were aware through its signs and symptoms.  Majority (77%) of the respondents used Radio as a source of information on Covid-19, 62% of them obtained their information from Newspapers, 23% got theirs through the Television, 9% from Magazines and 8% got their information from the social media. To show the radio’s effectiveness (100%) of the respondents agree that washing of hands is a prevention practice from Covid-19 infection, 99% of them identified Putting on of face marks as a prevention practice, 96% used Regular hand sanitizing, 89% of them observed Avoid crowded areas, and Stay Ten meters apart respectively.85% observed No handshakes and 84% agreed that No hugs were prevention practices communicated by the media. The major constraints faced by the respondents in accessing covid-19 information on radio were; high cost of getting a radio (x̅ =3.54), lack of breakdown information (x̅ =3.34), erratic power supply (x̅ =3.22), and lack of visual content (x̅ =2.70). The study recommends that farmers should be encouraged to own radio sets and continue to rely on farm radio programmes for agricultural information.




How to Cite

A. T., H. ., F., I. ., & Sarah Onisoya, G. . (2023). EFFECTIVENESS OF RADIO IN DISSEMINATING COVID-19 INFORMATION TO CROP FARMERS IN IKWERRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, RIVERS STATE. BW Academic Journal, 16. Retrieved from https://bwjournal.org/index.php/bsjournal/article/view/1142