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[SCI]Chinese land policies and farmers’adoption of organic fertilizer for saline soils
2013年12月27日 土地资源与规划管理 暂无评论

Chinese land policies and farmers’ adoption of organic fertilizer for saline soils

Hui Xu, Xianjin Huang, Taiyang Zhong, Zhigang Chen, Jia Yu

Land Use Policy 38 (2014) 541– 549

Abstract: Soil salinization has become a global concern and poses a great threat to food  production and sustainable land use. Land use policies are the main driver of saline soil farmland use in ecosystems. This paper proposes a theoretical framework for analyzing how saline soil farmland use is affected by land use practices of individual farm households. An empirical study, using an ordered probit model, was conducted based on questionnaire responses from farm households in 8 towns and 14 villages in eco-fragile areas in Shandong, Jilin and Xinjiang provinces. The results suggest that land tenure, state systems agricultural support, characteristics of a field parcel and characteristics of the farm households have different influences on farmer’s land use in three regions. The adoption of organic fertilizer by individual households is constrained by the lack of stability and integrity in land tenure. Furthermore, the parcel of a field is generally small, sparsely distributed and often fragmented, which increases costs. Even subsidizing organic fertilizer does not necessarily help in its adoption. Given these challenges, this study makes recommendations for different regions that may promote the adoption of improved saline soil farmland cultivation methods by farmers.

Keywords: Land policy; Saline soil remediation; Farm households; Fertilizer

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