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Asian Journal of Scientific Research
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 354 - 365

Assessment of Farmers’ Knowledge and Attitudes Towards the Commercialisation of Tailor-made Fertilisers in Thailand

Krichanont Hothongcum, Opal Suwunnamek and Suneeporn Suwanmaneepong    

Abstract: In Thailand, chemical fertilisers provide nutrients that are essential for increasing agricultural productivity but they are expensive, often representing 25% of the crop production cost. Tailor-made fertiliser technology is a new fertiliser application technology that is being promoted to help farmers reduce fertiliser costs. This study aims to investigate and clarify sugarcane farmers’ knowledge and attitudes towards tailor-made-fertiliser. This study also attempts to provide a better understanding of the effect of farm size on farmers’ beliefs and attitudes towards tailor-made-fertiliser. Moreover, the findings suggest that further extension of tailor-made-fertiliser practices should include training services for smallholders to improve their knowledge of relevant practices.

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