Community Radio: Preferences, Opinion and Listening Behaviour of Farmers

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  • N. V. Kumbhare , R. N. Padaria , Premlata Singh , Anjani Kumar and Sujit Sarkar


Community radio is an innovative tool for community empowerment catering information needs of the farming
community in rural and remote areas in a radius of about 15 kms. The study was conducted in purposively selected five
community radio stations during 2012 to 2014. Five community radio stations i.e. CCSHAU, Hissar (Haryana), Vallabh
Krishak Radio, Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Community Radio, Mewat (Haryana), Pravara Community Radio,
Babhaleshwar (Maharashtra) and Sharda Community Radio, Baramati (Maharashtra) were selected for the study. Two
villages each were selected randomly from each CRS jurisdiction to see the farmers' responses about the community radio
station. Fifteen (15) respondents' were selected randomly from each of the sampled ten villages. Thus, a total of 150
respondents from five CRS constituted the sample for the study. The study revealed that a majority (65 %) listeners
preferred agriculture success stories followed by live interactive programme (60 %), experts talk on agriculture and GK
test in agriculture (57.50%). Also a majority (52.67%) of the respondents were daily listeners of the community radio
programmes followed by weekly (30%) and fortnightly (17.33%). Major strengths of CRS identified were interesting due
to local dialect (2.6 MS) followed by quick source of information (2.5 MS), and community participation (2.3 MS). The
major weaknesses of CRS identified were problems of sustainability (2.5 MS), followed by low (15 kms) coverage (2.3
MS), low power (50 W) transmitter (2.00 MS) and no operating cost (1.8 MS). Also listening pattern of the respondents
revealed that 57.33 per cent listeners were listening CR programme and simultaneously doing some work like cooking,
feeding animals, milking etc. followed by about 23 per cent respondents were listening and taking notes.






How to Cite

Community Radio: Preferences, Opinion and Listening Behaviour of Farmers. (2015). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 51(3&4), 20-24.