Multiple Adoption of Pest Management Technologies in UK cereal Farming
In this paper we consider the adoption of pest management technologies by farmers in UK cereal crop systems. While for the majority of UK farmers chemical control of pest outbreaks remains important, there are a range of non-chemical approaches and management practices that can be used to control pest populations. However, few of these alternatives produce levels of control that compare with chemical use in isolation. In this paper we consider the determinants of adoption of different combinations of individual pest management technologies. Based on survey data we first construct sets of pest management technologies before modelling the decision problem as a multiple adoption process to examine variation in the adoption of these technology sets. Our results indicate that the choice of technologies adopted can be related to specific aspects of farm level activity and type.
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