Socio-Economic Characteristics Influencing Extension Agents’ Competencies In South-East, Nigeria.

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2022

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FUOYE Journal of Agriculture and Human Ecology

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This study examined the socioeconomic factors influencing the competency level of extension agents in South-east, Nigeria. A simple random sampling procedure was used to select 283 extension agent respondents representing 70% of extension agents’ total numbers acrosseach stateData were collected through a structured questionnaire; a self-rating scale was used to determine the extension agents’ competency levels in their extension activities. Frequency counts, percentages, mean scores, standard deviation and the Linear Regression was used to analyse the study data. The results shows that, majority of the respondents were married (83.4%), 46.3% were within the age bracket of 41 and 50years, and they were all literate (100%). Respondents were found to possess high level of competence in programme planning ( =3.59), demonstration and communication ( =3.56), evaluation (m=3.55), leadership ( =3.43) human relations ( =3.38) and technical expertise ( =3.48). They were however low in computer skills and knowledge ( =1.63). Majority of the respondents (58.0%) had moderate level of competency. Extension agents’ age, sex, marital status, distance to work and income were found to have significant influence on the competency levels of the extension agents. The study recommended that attention should be paid to the crucial socio economic characteristics of the extension agents that had influence on their competency levels; Extension agents should also be trained on those areas where their competencies were rated low

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evaluation, leadership, human relations, programme planning, capacity

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Uzoechi,R.O., Ogunlade, I. and K. F. Omotesho (2022) Socio-Economic Characteristics Influencing Extension Agents’ Competencies In South-East, Nigeria. FUOYE Journal of Agriculture and Human Ecology 6(1): 69—77

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