Training of Farmers in Island Agricultural Areas: The Case of Cyclades Prefecture
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension Volume 21, Number 3, ISSN 1389-224X
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to explore the views of young farmers regarding the agricultural training, the training needs and content, as well as the implementation of information technology (IT) and the Internet in agricultural training. The research was conducted in the Greek islands of Cyclades. Methodology: A quantitative approach was implemented in the research and questionnaires were used for the data collection. There were 129 young farmers (under the age of 40), who participated. These farmers were situated in 23 islands of the Cycladic complex in Greece. Findings: The research concluded that young farmers in Cyclades were, in general, positively situated towards agricultural training. They also stressed the importance of training content, which focuses on local agricultural needs, instead of tackling general agricultural policies and practices. Consequently, all future training programs should be tailor-made to the needs of local agricultural economies (e.g. different programs for different parts of the country). Although most farmers agreed on the importance of IT technology in the agricultural profession and training, they do not make extensive use of it. Research Implications: The research shed some light on the basic parameters of the agricultural training parameters. These parameters need to be clearly defined in order to organize future efforts for the modernization of the agricultural profession in Greece. It is believed that the results will help official authorities (e.g. the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food) to organize future training programs according to the needs of the agricultural population and considering the regional peculiarities in cultivation and stockbreeding. Originality/Value: A multi-dimensional approach has been followed, by exploring a variety of agricultural training issues: trainees' views, training needs and content and IT use in the agricultural sector and training. The researchers wanted to explore whether their results were similar to those of research that was conducted in the past nationwide, as the Cyclades islands are quite different from the mainland due to geographical reasons.
Brinia, V. & Papavasileiou, P. (2015). Training of Farmers in Island Agricultural Areas: The Case of Cyclades Prefecture. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 21(3), 235-247.