Resources Science ›› 2021, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (6): 1115-1127.doi: 10.18402/resci.2021.06.05

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The impact of agricultural land rights confirmation on agricultural machinery service adoption:Evidence from the North China Plain

HUANG Bin1(), GAO Qiang2()   

  1. 1. School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
    2. College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
  • Received:2020-04-22 Revised:2020-07-27 Online:2021-06-25 Published:2021-08-25
  • Contact: GAO Qiang

Abstract:

Agricultural machinery services are an important support to realize the organic connection between small farmers and modern agricultural development. This study used an instrumental variable (IV) model to empirically analyze the survey data of 807 households in 20 counties of 6 provinces on the North China Plain to explore the impact of agricultural land rights confirmation on agricultural machinery service adoption from the perspective of service scale and service choice (that is, proportion of agricultural machinery service adoption area in agricultural machinery operating area). The results show that: Agricultural land rights confirmation can improve the scale of agricultural machinery service adoption, and the total area of farmers receiving agricultural machinery services after agricultural land rights confirmation has significantly increased. Agricultural land rights confirmation had no significant impact on agricultural machinery service choice, and farmers did not show a significant choice preference for agricultural machinery services after agricultural land rights confirmation. The reason for this result is the existence of scale heterogeneity, and the incremental effect is significantly inclined towards farmers with larger planting scales. According to these results, we provide several policy recommendations: (1) At the current stage, it is necessary to continue to promote agricultural land rights confirmation and accelerate the reform of the rural collective property rights system. (2) It is necessary to improve the agricultural service system for small farmers, and increase the policy support for small farmers. (3) It is necessary to improve the laws and regulations and detailed rules of implementation for land transfer, promote the adaptation of the agricultural service system to the land transfer system, and broaden the ways of improving agricultural land use efficiency by small farmers. This study not only fills the gap of the existing research, but also has important significance for broadening the views about the effect of the policy of agricultural land rights confirmation and improving the agricultural machinery service system.

Key words: agricultural land rights confirmation, agricultural machinery service, service scale, service choice, instrumental variable, North China Plain