Farmers’ precision pesticide technology adoption and its influencing factors: Evidence from apple production areas in China

Meng Yue, Wenjing Li*, Shan Jin, Jing Chen, Qian Chang, Yiying Cao, Glyn D. Jones, Zhenhong Li, Guijun Yang, Lynn J. Frewer

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Abstract

The research aimed to understand farmers’ willingness to adopt (WTA) and willingness to pay (WTP) for precision pesticide technologies and analyzed the determinants of farmers’ decision-making. We used a two-stage approach to consider farmers' WTA and WTP for precision pesticide technologies. A survey of 545 apple farmers was administered in Bohai Bay and the Loess Plateau in China. The data were analyzed using the double-hurdle model. The results indicated that 78.72% of respondents were willing to apply precision pesticide technologies provided by service organizations such as cooperatives and dedicated enterprises, and 69.72% were willing to buy the equipment for using precision pesticide technologies. The results of the determinant analysis indicated that farmers’ perceived perceptions, farm scale, cooperative membership, access to digital information, and availability of financial services had significant and positive impacts on farmers’ WTA precision pesticide technologies. Cooperative membership, technical training, and adherence to environmental regulations increased farmers’ WTP for precision pesticide technologies. Moreover, nonlinear relationships between age, agricultural experience, and farmers’ WTA and WTP for precision pesticide technology services were found.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Integrative Agriculture
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 7 Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • precision technologies
  • apple production
  • precision pesticides
  • willingness to adopt
  • willingness to pay
  • UKRI
  • BBSRC
  • BB/S020985/1

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