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ASSESSING THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION INPARTICIPATING OF FARMERS IN LAND CONSOLIDATION IN SEMNAN PROVINCE

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 Start Page 98 | End Page 101

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 The purpose of this study was to assess the role of EXTENSION in PARTICIPATION of farmers in land consolidation projects in province of Semnan. The sample for this study was 153 farmers (72 participants and 81 non participants). The research design included a survey strategy and a questionnaire was developed. Data were analyzed using regression analysis, the wilcoxoxmann-whitneyTest (MW.Test) and chi-square. The results of the study shows that the factors "Education, knowledge of farmers about land consolidation, membership with cooperatives and rural organizations, role of rural leaders, number of educational EXTENSION classes, and type of ownership of lands" had meaningful relationship with PARTICIPATION in land consolidation. It was also found out that factors "age, income, using EXTENSION Journals did not have any impact on land consolidation in the province of Semnan. The study arrived at two main findings:First, the educational and EXTENSION classes were effective in convincing farmers to participate in land consolidation. Second, farmers have indicated that EXTENSION journals did not have any impact on changing their attitudes about land consolidation

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