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Economic Affairs
Year : 2015, Volume : 60, Issue : 1
First page : ( 117) Last page : ( 121)
Print ISSN : 0424-2513. Online ISSN : 0976-4666.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-4666.2015.00016.9

ICT based market information services in Kerala – determinants and barriers of adoption

Anoop M.1,*, Ajjan N.2, Ashok K.R.3

1Division of Dairy Economics, Statistics and Management, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132001, Haryana, India

2Department of Agricultural and Rural Management, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-641003, Tamil Nadu, India

3Department of Agricultural Economics, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-641003, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding author: anoopmangalasseri@gmail.com

Abstract

ICT based market information services are getting wide importance as a means of empowering farmers by enabling them to take informed decisions, and in removing information asymmetry. This study analyses determinants of adoption as well as barriers to adoption of ICT based market information services (MIS) in Kerala. Logistic regression model revealed that factors like education, family size, and contact with extension agent positively influenced adoption of ICT based market information services by the farmers whereas income from other sources negatively influenced the adoption. Technical barriers and language were found to be the most important barriers for adoption of MIS followed by irrelevancy of contents, lack of reliability, lack of awareness and cost involved. The study suggested that further efforts to create awareness about such interventions among farmers, providing content in local languages in user friendly manner will increase the adoption of MIS and would remove information asymmetry in agricultural marketing.

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Keywords

ICT based Market Information Services, Asymmetric Information, Logistic Regression, Kerala.

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