Drivers Affecting the Adoption of Plant-Based Options to Manage Salinity

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Current adoption of deep-rooted, perennial plants is currently too low to protect most parts of Western Australia from dryland salinisation. The adoption of these plants is substantially dependent on farmers voluntarily changing their farming practices away from a system based almost solely on annual plants. In order to understand the drivers of the adoption of salinity management practices, a mail survey was distributed to 940 landholders in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions. Of the 260 surveys returned, seventy percent of respondents considered salinity to be a current or potential problem on their property. Also, there is a general indication that landholders in both regions are aware of the plant-based options available to combat salinity. Classification tree analysis is employed to provide greater insight into the key drivers of the adoption of perennial plants. In accordance with adoption theory, initial analysis indicates that the profitability of perennials and the ease with which they fit into existing farming systems are key drivers of their popularity.

Keywords: Perennials, Salinity Management, Drivers, Adoption, Survey
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , Drivers Affecting the Adoption of Plant-Based Options to Manage Salinity

Samantha Repacholi

Undergraduate Student, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

I am currently completing a four year degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In my final year I have undertaken my honours research project which aims to understand the drivers affecting the adoption of plant-based systems to manage dryland salinity. The reason for choosing this area of study is because dryland salinity is one of the biggest threats to the agricultural sector in Western Australia and there is an urgent need for further research and development into this issue. I also come from a farm in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia which has growing problems relating to the increasing soil salinisation. My interests include travelling, playing tennis and hockey and spending quality time with family and friends.

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