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MARKETING RESEARCH OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS BY GEORGIAN FARMERS

Nugzar Todua and Teona Gogitidze
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Nugzar Todua: SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY, 2 UNIVERSITY ST., TBILISI, 0186, GEORGIA
Teona Gogitidze: IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY DOCTORATE AT SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY, 2 UNIVERSITY ST., TBILISI, 0186, GEORGIA

Annals - Economy Series, 2017, vol. 1, 69-76

Abstract: Although, genetically modified (GM) crops have to be a broadly debated topic in different countries, there has been much less attention devoted to farmer attitudes towards GM crops. This paper attempts to research farmers’ insights on GM crops in Georgia through February-March 2014. An in-depth survey of 611 farmers revealed that respondents lack sufficient knowledge about genetic engineering. They tend to have a negative attitude towards GM crops and are strongly against of import and adoption of GM seeds. An empirical examination based on analysis of variance and Pearson’s correlation coefficient verified that both education and age were significant determinants of awareness of farmers about genetically engineered crops, while income used to have no significant influence on the farmers’ decision to adopt GM crops. In addition, relationship between awareness about genetic engineering and farmers’ decision to adopt GM crops has to be insignificant, as well

Keywords: Genetically modified crops; farmers; attitudes; marketing research; Georgia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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