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Challenges associated with the use of information and communication technologies in information sharing by fish farmers in the Southern highlands of Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Dulle, F. W.
dc.contributor.author Lamtane, H.
dc.contributor.author Benard, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-27T04:25:17Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-27T04:25:17Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Benard, R., Dulle, F. W., and Hieromin, L. A. (2020). Challenges associated with the use of information and communication technologies in information sharing by fish farmers in the Southern highlands of Tanzania. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 18 (1): 44-61 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3190
dc.description Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 2020; 18 (1): 44-61 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose – This paper aims to examine the challenges facing fish farmers in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in information sharing on fish farming. Design/methodology/approach – This study used both quantitative and qualitative methods. It involved 240 fish farmers who were randomly selected. Questionnaires, focus group discussions (FGDs), observation and key informant’s interviews were used as methods of data collection. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse quantitative data, while content analysis was used for qualitative data. Findings – It was found that the most frequently used ICTs by fish farmers in sharing agricultural information were mobile phones, radio and television. Also, the study revealed that major challenges facing fish farmers in sharing information include unfavourable radio or television broadcasting time, high cost of acquiring and maintenance of ICT facilities, lack of training on ICT, poor network connectivity and low level of literacy. Moreover, it was further found that there was negative significant relationship (P < 0.05) between challenges associated with the use and degree of ICT usage by fish farmers. Originality/value – The study is original with the exception of areas where citations have been made. Besides, it provides awareness and understanding of the challenges facing fish farmers in ICT usage in information sharing on fish farming, and this will enable improvement of timely provision and access to relevant information and hence improved fish farming production. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Emerald en_US
dc.subject Television en_US
dc.subject Mobile phones en_US
dc.subject ICTs en_US
dc.subject Aquaculture en_US
dc.subject Agricultural information en_US
dc.subject Radios and televisions en_US
dc.subject Fish farming en_US
dc.title Challenges associated with the use of information and communication technologies in information sharing by fish farmers in the Southern highlands of Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url DOI 10.1108/JICES-11-2018-0085 en_US


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