South African Journal of Agricultural Extension
versão On-line ISSN 2413-3221
versão impressa ISSN 0301-603X
ZWANE, E. M e GROENEWALD, I. B. Critical factors influencing performance of Extensionists in Limpopo Department of Agriculture in South Africa. S Afr. Jnl. Agric. Ext. [online]. 2014, vol.42, n.1, pp.49-61. ISSN 2413-3221.
This article draws its data from a study which was conducted in six districts of Limpopo Department of Agriculture. The study targeted the Extensionists and their immediate supervisors. Out of 800 Extensionists 324 participated in the survey. A questionnaire was developed using the Delphi technique as part of the methodology. Different factors that have bearing in extension performance were identiged and tested to check the extent in which they influence performance. Responses from the Extensionists revealed that they are performing below the expected level. Part of the challenge points towards the quality of training and the lack of adequate resources to support the Extensionists. The article concludes with some recommendations to resolve the challenges.
Palavras-chave : Performance; Extensionists; Training; Limpopo.