Role of Social Media in Enhancing Agricultural Growth
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Keywords:Mobile Apps, Digital media, Youtube, WhattsApp and Facebook
Social media has been extensively used by rural youth due to tremendous increase in the number of smartphones users during last decade. A survey was conducted during 2018-19 to study the use of social media
as a source of agricultural information, use pattern, preference towards different modes of information receivingÂ and sharing, and frequency of use among rural youth. The 200 rural youth were randomly selected from the South-Western Mansa district of Punjab. Results of the study revealed that only ~6 per cent of the youngÂ farmers were using Radio as source of information for agriculture. Majority of the young farmers preferred
social media viz. Youtube, WhattsApp and Facebook as a source of agricultural information. The young farmers had subscribed agriculture based channels on YouTube for getting agriculture related information. MajorityÂ of young farmers had been maintaining 4-5 WhatsApp groups to share and receive information on agricultureÂ and allied fields. Use of PAU Mobile App and Digital Newspaper (Kheti Sandesh) was also popular amongÂ farmers. Young farmers observed that use of social media has a significant impact on crop managementÂ practices. About one-fourth (~27%) of respondents had increased acreage under recommended crop varieties,Â ~16.5 per cent had reduced the average number of sprays on rice crop, ~22.5 per cent had been schedulingÂ irrigation based on weather based agro-advisory and ~24.1 per cent were getting information on marketing of crops from social media.
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