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Research article2024Peer reviewedOpen access

The effects of agricultural machinery services and land fragmentation on farmers' straw returning behavior

Wang, Xin; Song, Yanping; Huang, Wei

Abstract

Straw returning is important for rural ecological management and sustainable agricultural development. Using farm survey data for Anhui Province, China, in 2020, we applied the double-hurdle model to investigate the impact of agricultural machinery services and land fragmentation on farmers' straw-returning behavior, and to explore the relationship between agricultural machinery self-service and outsourced service. Self-service had a significant positive effect on farmers' straw-returning behavior, while outsourced service had a significant positive effect only on degree of adoption. Land fragmentation had a significant negative effect on farmers' straw-returning behavior, and significantly inhibited the effect of self-service on adoption decision. Complementarity existed between self-service and outsourced service in farmers' straw-returning adoption decision, and the effect was more pronounced among smaller-scale farmers. There was significant substitutability between self-service and outsourced service in degree of adoption among larger-scale farmers. Transfer and integration of rural land, increasing agricultural machinery purchase subsidy, upgrading farmers' self-service capability, and promoting development of socialized agricultural machinery services should be implemented to promote crop straw returning. EconLit Citations: Q01, Q16.

Keywords

crop straw returning; double-hurdle model; extension service; outsourced service

Published in

Agribusiness
2024, Publisher: WILEY

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Business Administration
    Agricultural Science

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21934

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/128978