The Use of Information and Communication Technology on Palm Oil Farmers in Pelalawan District of Riau Province

Roza Yulida, Rosnita Rosnita, Yulia Andriani, Eri Sayamar


Pelalawan Regency is one of the regencies in Riau Province with oil palm productivity (3,914 kg/ha), the area of oil palm plantations in Pelalawan District is 118,982 ha, resulting in a production of 452,996 tons of 40,115 farmers. However, farmers are faced with the challenges of technological development that must be followed so that production can compete. The purpose of this study is to review characteristics of the use of palm oil farmers information and communication technology and to review the level of use of information and communication technology by oil palm farmers in farming. This research is a survey research carried out in Pelalawan District. Sampling was done by simple random sampling method, with a total of 135 farmers. Data analysis method uses descriptive method and SLR. The results of the study revealed that the internal characteristics of oil palm farmers in productive age, average elementary and junior high school education, wide land ownership to a narrow area, generally have a cellphone, with a high degree of cosmopolitanism. External characteristics of farmers are in the medium category. Intensity of extension, accuracy of extension channels, number of information sources, affordability of accessing information sources, availability of inputs included in the medium category. Availability of media provider facilities, environmental carrying capacity is included in the high category. The level of skill to use, utilizing as a source of information and communication in Pelalawan District is at the basic level. Extension agents can play a role in increasing the ability to use information and communication technologies for oil palm farmers.

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