Drivers Affecting the Adoption of Plant-Based Options to Manage Salinity

By Samantha Repacholi, Ross Kingwell and Graeme Doole.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Current adoption of deep-rooted perennial plants on Western Australian farms at risk of salinisation is currently too low to prevent more salinisation. Adoption of these plants requires farmers to voluntarily change their farming practices away from systems based almost solely on annual plants. In order to understand the drivers of the adoption of salinity management practices, a mail survey was
distributed to 940 landholders in the Wehatbelt and Great Southern regions. Of the 260 surveys returned, 70% of respondents considered salinity to be a current or potential problem on their property. Most landholders in both regions were aware of the perennial options available to combat salinity. Classification tree analysis was employed to provide greater insight into the key drivers of
the adoption of perennial plants. In accordance with adoption theory, analysis of the questionnaire data indicated that the profitability of perennials and their compatability with existing farming systems were the key drivers of their adoption.

Keywords: Perennials, Salinity, Adoption, Survey

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 944.302KB).

Samantha Repacholi

Undergraduate Student, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Honours student, School of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Western Australia

Dr. Ross Kingwell

Associate Professor, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia

Chief economist, Department of Agriculture & Food, Western Australia and A/Professor in the School of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Western Australia.

Graeme Doole

Lecturer, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia

Lecturer, School of Agrictural & Resource Economics, University of Western Australia.

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