Impacts of grassroots public agricultural technology promotion on farmers’ technology adoption: an empirical analysis of rice technology demonstration

TONG Dajian1 HUANG Wu2 Ying Ruiyao1

(1.School of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University)
(2.School of Humanities & Social Development, Nanjing Agricultural University)

【Abstract】This article analyzes the impacts of promotion of grassroots public agricultural technology (GPATE) on farmers’ technology adoption based on survey data from 994 rice farmers in 11 provinces. It uses the propensity score matching to overcome the potential endogeneity of technology promotion. The results indicate that GPATE promotes technology adoption to some extent, generates partial spillover effects and different benefits for farmers with varied scales of operation. Compared to farmers in non-demonstration villages, GPATE significantly promotes the adoption behaviors of demonstration households in testing soil for formulated fertilization, straw returning and green-controlling of pests and diseases. It also significantly promotes the adoption behaviors of non-demonstration households in demonstration villages in testing soil for formulated fertilization and straw returning, yet without significant impacts on using green-controlling of pests and diseases technology. Moreover, GPATE significantly promotes technology adoption behaviors of small-scale farmers, but it has no significantly positive impact for large-scale farmers. Future policies should work to enhance spillover effects of GPATE, give classified guidance for different technologies, avoid overemphasizing scale operation in selecting promotion targets, and give more attention to small-scale farmers.

【Keywords】 promotion of grassroots public agricultural technology; technology adoption; spillover effect; allocation effect;

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【Funds】 project of National Social Science Fund (16BGL124) project of National Natural Science Foundation (71773050) project of Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of Nanjing Agricultural University (SKPT2016016)

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    [1]. ① As the probability of technology spillovers from the non-demonstration village farmers is very low, the interference of technology spillover can be eliminated by using them as the control group. [^Back]

    [2]. ① The propensity score estimation is based on the sample of demonstration villages, which can better identify the allocation of promotion resources among the farmers, because in fact, only in the villages where science and technology demonstration is carried out can the farmers have the opportunity to become demonstration households. [^Back]

    [3]. ① In the sample, the scale of farmer household management is unevenly distributed and the standard deviation is very large. This paper divides farmer households into ten mu management scale, in order to better balance the sub-sample size of treatment group and non-treatment group. [^Back]

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ISSN:1006-4583

CN: 11-3586/F

Vol , No. 04, Pages 59-73

July 2018

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Abstract

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Analytical framework and econometric model
  • 3 Data sources, variable selection and descriptive statistics
  • 4 Empirical results and analysis
  • 5 Conclusion and enlightenment
  • Footnote

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