Training needs of agricultural extension workers in the field of organic agriculture in Matrouh Governorate

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Abdu Omran Mohamed, Sohier Mohamed Ahmed El-Seretty , Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed Alsaied , Ahmed Hussein Abd El-Hammed El-Ghonemy


The goal of the study was to establish the training requirements for agricultural extension agents in respect to the various methods utilized in organic agriculture, such as agricultural processes, pesticide alternatives, organic fertilizers, biological control, and biofertilizers. To become familiar with the most common extension training approaches used by agricultural extension agents for organic agriculture training, and to determine the relationship between the factors analyzed and the degree of expertise of agricultural extension agents in the field of organic agriculture, as well as to identify the issues that agricultural extension agents have when helping farmers in the field of organic agriculture. The total number of agricultural extension agents in Matrouh Governorate was 129, and a sample size of 96 extension agents, representing 74.4 percent of the total comprehensive, and with the same percentage, the number of extension agents was chosen in a random and regular manner from each center as follows: 56 extension agents from Matrouh Directorate of Agriculture, 7 extension agents from Matrouh administration, 13 extension agents from Hamam administration, 4 extension agents from El Alamein's administration, 5 extension agents from Barani administration, 4 extension agents from Siwa administration, 4 extension agents from El Dabaa administration, and 3 extension agents from Al- administration Najila. The field data were collected using a personal interview questionnaire form in the months of March and April 2021, after a preliminary test (Pretest) was conducted on 10 respondents from the Directorate of Agriculture in Matrouh to check the form's validity and breadth of respondents' understanding. The data was analyzed using a computer program (SPSS), arithmetic mean, and Pearson's simple correlation coefficient (R), and the results were presented in tabular form using frequencies, percentages, and percentage of the mean.

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