An Exploration on Factors Influencing Certified and Farm-Saved Seed Use: A Case Study in Turkish Wheat Farming
Seeds are an important input for wheat-growing, as is the case for all crop production. The type and quality of seed in crop production are the first condition for productivity and accordingly certified wheat seed use is being encouraged by the government since 2005 in Turkey. This study examined the factors affecting the certified seed and farmer (farm)-saved seed use in wheat farming in Turkey. The result of the analyses showed that there is a significant difference between farmers using certified seed and farm-saved seed, considering farmer experience, the purpose of wheat growing, the status of a farmer concerning system registration, agricultural credit use, size of total farmland and size of wheat cultivation area. As a result, it can be inferred that high-quality wheat production is associated with the use of certified seeds. In this context, maintaining the certified seed support is important for increasing of certified seed use.
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