Resources Science ›› 2019, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (12): 2227-2236.doi: 10.18402/resci.2019.12.07

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Influence of government regulation and community governance on tea farmers’ behavior of reducing pesticide use

YU Yanli, LI Hua(), XUE Caixia   

  1. College of Economics and Management, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
  • Received:2019-07-05 Revised:2019-11-20 Online:2019-12-25 Published:2019-12-25
  • Contact: LI Hua


In order to effectively improve the behavior of tea farmers to reduce the amount of pesticide use and promote the green development of agriculture, this study explored the impact of government regulation and community governance based on the field survey data of 818 tea farmers in the tea geographical indication protection areas of Shaanxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang, and Anhui Provinces. Stepwise regression and moderating effect models were used to analyze the impact of government regulation and community governance on the behavior of farmers to reduce pesticide use. The results show that famers’ behavior of overuse pesticides is common. Government regulation has significant impact on the behavior of reducing pesticide use if there is no community governance in place. In the context of the introduction of community governance, the role of government regulation has weakened. Community governance can play a role in replacing government regulation, and has a significant role in promoting green production of tea farmers. Famers’ behavior of reducing pesticide use is also significantly affected by factors such as party membership of family members, knowledge of pest control, and level of information technology. In order to reduce regulatory costs, the government should strengthen community governance, with a view to improving the green production level of tea farmers.

Key words: government regulation, community governance, behavior of reducing pesticide use, geographical indication protection area, moderating effects