Farmers Attitudes Towards Information Sources And Their Subsequent Crop Protection Behaviour

Sudbury, Nany Wahyuni (1997). Farmers Attitudes Towards Information Sources And Their Subsequent Crop Protection Behaviour. MPhil thesis The Open University.

Abstract

The literature contains many studies of the various factors that could contribute towards the use of pesticide by farmers. However, not all of these factors have been investigated. This research looked into the links between information sources and the use of pesticides; and focused particularly on the attitudes and behaviour of farmers towards both these aspects.

A review of several models proposed to explain attitudes and behaviour was undertaken and Fishbein and Ajzen’s model was chosen to investigate farmers attitudes and behaviour towards information sources and pesticide use.

The first, preliminary, survey of farmers in West Sussex produced an unexpected result: that they did not apply pesticides as many times as they had indicated at the beginning of the growing season. Systems analysis using the Failures methodology identified areas where anomalies had occurred. It also showed that systems of crop protection were dynamic.

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