Resources Science ›› 2019, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (6): 1120-1130.doi: 10.18402/resci.2019.06.11

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Influencing factors of farmers’ organic fertilizer application behavior and their stratification based on Logistic-ISM model

Naijuan HU1,2,3(), Xiaoling SUN1, Yating XU1, Ziyang ZHOU1, Liqun ZHU1,3()   

  1. 1. College of Humanities and Social Development, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
    2. Public Administration Postdoctoral Research Station, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
    3. Institute of Regional Agricultural Research, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
  • Received:2018-10-25 Revised:2019-02-26 Online:2019-06-25 Published:2019-06-25


Organic fertilizer application is beneficial for agricultural green development. However, the rate of application in agricultural production is still very low, especially for rice and wheat production. As rice and wheat are the main crops of agricultural production, it is significance to study farmers’ behavior of organic fertilizer application and the key influencing factors for promoting the application of organic fertilizer in rice and wheat croplands. This study was conducted based on a questionnaire survey of 392 farmers from rice-wheat rotation cropland of Jiangsu Province. We analyzed the influencing factors and their relationships by using a Logistic model and interpretive structural modeling (ISM). The results show that there were eight main influencing factors. Higher educational level, understanding of organic fertilizer, understanding of environmental pollution caused by excessive chemical fertilizer application, consideration of damage to soil when purchasing fertilizer, raising poultry, and guidance of agricultural technology department of the government had positive effects on farmers' organic fertilizer application while higher sensitivity to price of fertilizer and labor saving had a negative effect on organic fertilizer application. By an in-depth analysis, the influencing factors formed a “one path, three driving factors” structure. Based on these results, several suggestions were put forward to promote the application of organic fertilizer.

Key words: rice-wheat rotation cropland, farmers’ behavior, application of organic fertilizer, influencing factors, Logistic-interpretive structural modeling, Jiangsu Province