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Which factors lead tomato growers to implement integrated pest management? Evidence from Turkey

Magali Aubert (), Jean-Marie Codron (), Sylvain Rousset and Murat Yercan ()
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Magali Aubert: Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - CIHEAM-IAMM - Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier - CIHEAM - Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement
Murat Yercan: Ege university

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Abstract: In most competitive fresh fruit and vegetables chains, growers are faced with the need to comply with the requirements of increasingly safety demanding customers. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices have become a reliable solution for small-scale growers that cannot afford the cost of a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificate. While the literature on farmer adoption of IPM practices focuses on farmer and farm characteristics, only a few authors underline the importance of technology and marketing. Moreover, only a few papers have studied IPM adoption in developing or emerging countries. Our paper aims to fill this gap by focusing on Turkey, an emerging country with dominant small-scale growers, where diffusion of IPM is still in its infancy. It also takes into account factors that go beyond the farmers and farm characteristics that are usually addressed by literature. 186 tomato growers have been surveyed in the province of Antalya, a region of Turkey supplying 85% of the national production of tomato grown under greenhouse. A counter of the eleven most salient IPM practices is used to model IPM adoption. The analysis confirms most of the predictions and highlights the key role of marketing and technology as determinants of IPM adoption.

Keywords: integrated pest management; tomato; adoption; turkey; quasi-poisson model; farmers; fruits and vegetables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-12-14
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Published in 11. Journées de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (JRSS), Société Française d'Economie Rurale (SFER). Paris, FRA.; Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD). FRA.; Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture et d'Agroalimentaire Rhône-Alpes (ISARA Lyon). FRA.; Laboratoire d'Etudes Rurales (LER). FRA.; Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). FRA., Dec 2017, Lyon, France. 29 p

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