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Determination of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Sustainable Agricultural Land Use in the GAP-Harran Plain of Turkey

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Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Harran University, 63050 Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Department of Bozova Vocational School, Harran University, 63850 Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Department of Social Science Vocational School, Harran University, 63200 Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Land 2020, 9(8), 261; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9080261
Received: 9 July 2020 / Revised: 1 August 2020 / Accepted: 3 August 2020 / Published: 5 August 2020
There is a risk of salinity and degradation in soil structure due to excessive irrigation in the GAP-Harran Plain. The purpose of the research is to determine farmers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for applications of sustainable agricultural land usage practices to avoid salinization in soil based on irrigation problems related to the demands of the farmers’, their needs, and which factors affect their willingness to accept payment. The basic material of the research was obtained through face-to-face questionnaires from farmers who were selected by a method of simple random sampling in 2018. Heckman’s two-stage model was used in the analysis of the data in Stata. According to the results obtained from the research, 27.85% of the participants indicated WTP and the average amount was USD 16.2/hectare. The average WTP is calculated as USD 4.43/hectare for all participants and 735.38 thousand USD/year for the whole plain. The agricultural income, household size, farming experience, land amount, non-agricultural income, education level, working in the non-agricultural sector, and membership of farmers’ union were determined as statistically effective factors. It is necessary to raise the awareness of farmers through extension services. As awareness increases, both WTP and the adoption of applications will increase. The results supply useful data for people working on this subject for the planning and implementation of sustainable usage of resources in Turkey and to regions with similar socio–economic characteristics. This study is the first of its kind in GAP-Harran, Turkey. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agricultural land usage; salinity and degradation in the soil; WTP; GAP-Harran Plain; Turkey sustainable agricultural land usage; salinity and degradation in the soil; WTP; GAP-Harran Plain; Turkey
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Aydoğdu, M.H.; Sevinç, M.R.; Cançelik, M.; Doğan, H.P.; Şahin, Z. Determination of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Sustainable Agricultural Land Use in the GAP-Harran Plain of Turkey. Land 2020, 9, 261.

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