Community Radio in Promoting Agriculture: A Study of “Agric Panorama” Programme on ABU FM Radio
This study appraises the role of radio programmes in promoting agricultural development using an agricultural programme entitled ‘Agric Panorama’ on ABU FM Radio and the town of Shika as a case study. The Survey research method using 250 questionnaires is used to sample the views of residents of Shika in Sabon Gari local government of Kaduna state. Findings from this study reveal that radio has immensely contributed to agricultural development of Shika community especially in the area of application of modern farming methods leading to reduction in farming expenditure and increase in productivity. The study suggests the use of similar programmes in other local languages to promote grass root development. Also, Agric Panorama should involve opinion/traditional leaders at grass root level to build confidence on the part of the farmers.
Keywords: Community Radio, Development, Agriculture, Agric Panorama, Shika.