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Journal:   JOURNAL OF CROP ECOPHYSIOLOGY (AGRICULTURE SCIENCE)   SPRING 2009 , Volume 3 , Number 9; Page(s) 103 To 116.
 
Paper: 

EFFECT OF FACTORS ON ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY BY WHEAT FARMERS IN ISFAHAN

 
 
Author(s):  DINPANAH GH.*, CHIZARI M., BADRAGHEH A.
 
* FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, SARI BRANCH, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect factors on adoption of new technologies by wheat farmers in Isfahan. Data were collected by randomization method and completion of 381 questionnaires. The methodological approach of this study was descriptive-correlative. Validity of the instrument was established using a panel of experts consisting of senior faculty members in agriculture extension and education at Tarbiat Modarres University. Further, the agricultural officer of Isfahan Province validated the questionnaire. A reliability analysis was conducted and Cronbach alpha value was found to be 87 percent. The results of multiple regression analysis (stepwise method) revealed that the variables of mechanization level, the size of the wheat cultivated land holding, the level of education and the wheat farming antecedents predict a variation of 59% of their adoption of new technologies. The results of the multiple regression analysis (stepwise method) also revealed that the wheat farmers’ social status, the extend of their use of communication channels and the wheat farmers’ attitude in consideration with the on-farm demonstration predict a variation of 50.3% of their adoption of new technologies. Significant differences were found among the mean scores of the wheat farmers’ adoption of new technologies in relation with the type of agricultural system, the type of seeds used and methods of wheat cultivation used. The results obtained from the factors analysis revealed that the three following factors, social, agricultural and personal characteristics explain 68.072% of the variation of the wheat farmers’ adoption of new technologies.

 
Keyword(s): ADOPTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, FACTOR ANALYSIS, PERSONAL FARMING AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS, WHEAT FARMERS
 
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