The Dynamic of Food Crops Farmers in Responding to the Emergence of New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Rural Yogyakarta Indonesia
The dissemination of information, technology and innovation to farmers in rural Indonesia has been conventionally undertaken by Training and Visit system. In line with modernization process, the use of mass media for information delivery related to agricultural development has been gradually increasing. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is commonly referred as electronic media has been widely acknowledged play important role in the agricultural and rural development process. This paper discusses how does traditional food crops farmers di Yogyakarta access and utilize ICTs for supporting daily life activities including agricultural activities. Research method of the study was descriptive method. Research results show that food farmers have been using television, radio and hand phone with function for entertaining, education and getting new information. Information gathered from ICTs include social, cultural, economic, health and environmental issues. The use of television and radio for accessing agricultural information is still considerably important, while the use of new media namely internet via hand phone and smart phone is still limited among food crop farmers. Information accessed through ICTs was still dominated by technological innovation of production aspects.
KeywordsFood Farming New media Communication rural
The authors would like to thank the great supports of research assistants for assisting the field survey (Ade Intan Cristian, Ani Dwi Wimatsari, Paksi Mei Penggalih, Sylvatra Puspita Sari, and Faidza Rika Chandika) and all of the household respondents in the research site. This study was partially funded by the Research Grant No.050112017 from Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta-Indonesia for fiscal year 2016.
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