Evaluation of Agricultural Extension Training Workshop Effect on the knowledge of the Extension Workers
in the Ministry of Agriculture
Suaiban Sultan AL-Subaiee
Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology
College of Food and Agricultural Sciences
King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
P.O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451
Phone: + 9661-467-8416 Fax: + 9661-467-8415
The competency of agricultural extension workers is considered one of the main prerequisites for successful agricultural extension service. Therefore, most of the agricultural extension organizations exert great efforts to improve their human resources through training programs. The evaluation of training programs is essential in order to measure the efficiency and successes of training programs in improving the competency of agricultural extension workers. This study aims at evaluating the agricultural extension training workshop that was held in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences to train some of agricultural extension workers in the ministry of agriculture, Saudi Arabia. In addition, the study examined some of the demographic characteristics of the trainees. The study population consisted of all the 44 trainees who attended the training workshop. The data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire. Frequency distributions, means, standard deviations, and t-test were used to analyze the study data.
The findings indicate that the training workshop was successful in improving the trainees' knowledge in all the covered areas. The differences between the trainees' knowledge before and after the training using open questions and self-evaluation methods were 11.16 and 7.06 respectively. These differences are significant at 0.01 level. In addition, the findings indicated that the trainees believe that the training workshop was useful and the most useful subjects were extension methods, extension aids, and leadership form the trainees' point of view
The study showed that the age of the trainees ranged form 26 to 50 years and the majority of them reside in urban communities. Over one-half of the trainees (54.5%) reported high school as their highest level of education and 45.4% reported bachelor degree or higher level of education. Over one-half of the trainees (54.5%) identified agricultural technicians as their positions and almost one-third (31.8%) of them were in the seventh rank. The mean years served in agriculture and extension were 12.14 and 7.2 respectively.