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Journal of King Saud University - Science
Volume 34 (5), 2022, 102107

Drivers for the behavioural receptiveness and non-receptiveness of farmers towards organic cultivation system

Nitika Thakura, Mohit Nigama, Retika Tewarya

Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan (HP), India.

Abstract

Small, marginal, and large-scale farm production systems are common among farmers. According to popular belief, the upkeep of such farms necessitates the use of a chemical farming method in order to improve quantity and yields. Excessive chemical use is an inorganic food production approach, which has prompted health-conscious individuals to investigate and practice organic farming. The current study focuses on the acceptance and perspective deviations of farmers and consumers from farm level to final product marketing in terms of goals to ensure the future sustainability of their farms, incentive factors to make wise decisions, and personal views of farming preferences. Furthermore, it is critical for farmers to stand independently with self-interest and zeal in order to become “successful farmers” who follow the organic farming pattern, integration, and certification. On the other hand, social, cultural, psychological, economic, and personal variables have a negative impact on the consumer market, and organic food with improved quality and nutrition has seen a favorable trend. However, some shortcomings and impediments to switching to organic farming from conventional kinds of agricultural systems have been found, which farmers typically confront throughout the inter-conversion phase. With the correct solutions, agricultural farming hurdles could be overcome, restoring soil health, food quality, and sustainability. As a result, the current study examines the current state and future prospects of organic farming, underlining the challenges that must be overcome in adopting and investing sustainably. Organic system of farming calls for a sustainable future and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S) with ecological benefits and nutritious food. It can be further concluded that organic farming is the need of the hour which requires awareness, educational training and scientific Know how so that it reaches farmers with ecologically sound environment and economically sound returns.

Keywords: Organic farming, Perception and Preferences, Motivation attributes, Food Quality and Sustainability, Sustainable Development.

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