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Journal:   CO - OPERATION AND AGRICULTURE (TAAVON)   winter 2016 , Volume 4 , Number 16 ; Page(s) 57 To 73.

Obstacles Hampering the Use of Precision Agriculture in Farming Cooperatives in Dezful Township

Author(s):  yazdanifar Atefeh, norollah noorivandi azadeh*, OMMANI AHMAD REZA
The purpose of this study was to identify obstacles hampering the use of precision agriculture from the viewpoints of managers regarding farming production cooperatives of Dezful Township. The research used a survey method to conduct the study. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. Its validity was gained by the use of a panel of experts and its reliability by using Cronbach's alpha (0. 735) was approved. The population included 136 managers of farming production cooperatives of Dezful Township were selected through census method. To identify the obstacles, a factorial analysis with principal components model was used. Based on the results of a factorial analysis regarding obstacles hampering the application of precision farming, 5 main factors were identified, which included: the lack of economic and technical requirements, lack of requirements for cognitive domain, low socialization, lack of support services and conflicts with environmental and social conditions. After using orthogonal factor rotation varimax method, it was found that these obstacles in regard to the use of precision farming, 57. 65 percent of the total variance explained.
Keyword(s): Precision agriculture,farming production cooperatives,economic and social barriers,Dezful
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