Enhancing the application of organic fertilisers by members of agricultural cooperatives.

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Date: Sept. 1, 2021
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report
Length: 415 words

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Keywords Soil conservation; Fertilizer pollution; Agricultural sustainability; Agricultural cooperatives; Farmer behaviour Highlights * We identify the factors that motivate members of agricultural cooperatives to use OFs. * Prices had no effect on the farmers' behavior of using OFs in agricultural cooperatives. * The number of farmers using OFs at the beginning has positive effects on the use of OFs. * Farmers' willingness to use OFs enhances the increasing speed of farmers using OFs. * Farmers' willingness to use OFs enhances the final number of farmers using OFs. Abstract Scientific literature has reported that participation in agricultural cooperatives has positive effects on small farmers' preference for organic fertilisers over chemical fertilisers. However, there is limited focus on enhancing the voluntary use of organic fertilisers by small farmers who have joined an agricultural cooperative. This paper describes an agent-based model for simulating small farmers' decision-making with regard to fertiliser selection. Ninety six farmers (members) of one of the largest strawberry production cooperatives in China were assessed to understand their willingness to use different fertilisers and their socioeconomic characteristics. Simulation results showed that for farmers belonging to the agricultural cooperative who earn higher marginal profits, variations in the prices of the agricultural produce had no significant effect on their behaviour in terms of the use of organic fertilisers. The number of farmers using organic fertilisers at the beginning of the first year has a positive relationship with the increase in the rate at which farmers use organic fertilisers. However, the count does not alter the final number of farmers who use organic fertilisers after several years. Moreover, farmers' willingness to use organic fertilisers enhances the increasing speed and final number of farmers using organic fertilisers simultaneously. The design of strategies (increasing the number of farmers using organic fertilisers at the beginning of the first year and enhancing farmers' willingness to use organic fertilisers) has a significant effect on the promotion of organic fertiliser application by agricultural cooperatives in China. Author Affiliation: (a) School of Information Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210031, China (b) School of Engineering, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210031, China (c) Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350, Australia * Corresponding author. Pox 8, School of Information Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210031, China. Article History: Received 18 January 2021; Revised 26 April 2021; Accepted 25 May 2021 Byline: Jing Li [phdlijing@njau.edu.cn] (a,*), Ruiyin He [ryhe@njau.edu.cn] (b), Peter deVoil [p.devoil@uq.edu.au] (c), Shan Wan [shanwan@njau.edu.cn] (a)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A668451532