Pedagogical training and performance of agricultural extension workers in Rubaya sub-county, Kabale district
This study was about the pedagogical training and performance of agricultural extension workers in Rubaya Sub County of Kabale District. The focus of the study was to assess the impact of training the extension workers received from training institutions on their performance, the attitude of extension workers towards work and the challenges faced while carrying out their work. Descriptive approach was used in the study. A sample population of 50 respondents comprising 44 farmers and 6 extension workers representing various specializations in the agricultural areas of fisheries, crop, animal and environment were used for the study. The sample was purposively selected based on the researcher’s interests. Data from the farmers were collected using interview guides while likert scale was used for the extension workers. The findings showed that extension workers are not adequately trained, due to lack of enough practical training and inadequate tools. While in the field extension workers face a number of challenges including poor facilitation in terms of transport, lack of cooperation of the farmers, difficulty in mobilizing and coordinating the scattered farmers, and negative attitudes of farmers among others. Besides the study results showed that extension workers appreciate the value of knowledge and skills acquired from training institutions and have a positive attitude towards their work. Key recommendations were made basing on the findings of the study: Emphasis on reform in the curriculum of extension workers by integrating practical, field attachment, better tools in training. Improve on transport, encourage farmers to remain in groups and also to have a serious monitoring and evaluation system of the extension activities.