This study was conducted to examine the importance of available information sources for users of Fadis and Mechara Agricultural Research Centers, in East and West Hararghe Zones, Ethiopia. The study went further to investigate the perceived effectiveness and efficiency of the available information services in the study areas. No study has been done on this topic in these study areas. Questionnaire was used as a data collection tool along with observation checklist and focus group discussion guide. Questionnaire was distributed to entire (63) agricultural researchers of the two research centers for data collection. The collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. The findings of this study revealed that research paper, mobile phone were the most commonly used sources (98.4%), followed by textbooks (96.8%), farmers, friends, acquaintances (95.2%). The availability, accessibility and usability of information sources was moderate to low in the study areas. Therefore, efforts need to be made to improve the usefulness of the available information sources at the study areas.
Citation: Gudeta A (2022) Importance of Available Information Sources for Users: The Case of Fadis and Mechara Agricultural Research Centers, Ethiopia, International Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Studies, Vol.9, No.4, pp.38-44
Keywords: Information Sources, available, information users
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