The study analysed the use of radio programmes on farmers’ education in Benue State. The
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Benue, Makurdi as a case study. The study employed survey as research design, using
questionnaire as instrument for data collection. Data were collected from a sample of three
hundred and eighty-four respondents through purposive, stratified and simple random
sampling technique. Using simple percentages, findings revealed that respondents gained
knowledge through listening to the programmes. Farmers (28.4%) gained knowledge of
appropriate fertilizer application through the agricultural programmes farming world and
Tom Sule (in Tiv) aired by radio, 26.8% of the respondents gained knowledge of agricultural
practices, and 25.8% of the farmers gained knowledge on the prevention of post- harvest
losses. The study concluded that the radio plays a vital role in creating awareness on
agricultural information among farmers. The study recommended amongst others that the
government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) should endeavour to introduce
grants and farm loans to the farmers through agricultural programmes so as to encourage
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