Factors affecting farmers' willingness to adopt salt-tolerant forage crops in south-eastern Tunisia
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Chebil, A.; Nasr, H.; Zaibet, L. 2009. Factors affecting farmers' willingness to adopt salt-tolerant forage crops in south-eastern Tunisia. African Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics. 3(1): 19-27
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This paper analyzed the factors that affect farmersÃ¢Â€Â™ willingness to adopt salt-tolerant forage for livestock, using a Tobit model. The data used for the empirical analysis was obtained from a survey of 97 farmers in southeastern Tunisia. The results of this study show that variables related to age, education level, the salinity level of water and membership in a farmersÃ¢Â€Â™ association do not significantly influence the degree to which salt-tolerant forage production is adopted. It did, however, find a positive relationship between off-farm income availability and adoption. In addition, the flock size variable, expressed in Standard Livestock Units, has a significant and positive relationship with adoption. This indicates farmersÃ¢Â€Â™ need to cover their forage deficit. Agricultural extension services should ensure that the requisite forage species are made available, and work with farmers to encourage them to adopt salt-tolerant forage species and pass on their knowledge to other farmers.