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Perceptions and Attitudes of Greek Farmers Towards Adopting Precision Agriculture: Case Study Region of Central Greece

  • Evagelia KoutridiEmail author
  • Olga Christopoulou
  • Marie-Noëlle Duquenne
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Part of the Multiple Criteria Decision Making book series (MCDM)

Abstract

Modern scientific community after years of intensification of agricultural resources (soil, water, etc.) management, and with the actual risk of their depletion or degradation, is called to redefine standard agricultural practices with an environmentally friendly approach, focusing on their preservation, their enrichment and perpetuity of their yields. Also the nutritional stakes and environmental threats are high, brought about by the continuous growth of the world population which is expected to reach 10 billion in 2050 compared to 7.1 in 2013. In this context, the present study explores to what extent those directly involved, the crop producers, perceive the necessity of sustainable management of agricultural resources through the emerging practice of Precision Agriculture regarding the management of smaller parts of the fields according to the needs of each of them, while reducing inputs. This research aims to examine the concepts of crop producers regarding the prospects that arise through the adoption of Precision Agriculture in Greece, a country with problematic primary sector, with particular climatic conditions and varied micro-climates while compete countries of low labour costs. The methodological approach is based on field research using questionnaires concerning a representative sample of crop producers in the Region of Central Greece. The choice of variables assessed as necessary for the adoption of the Precision Agriculture techniques by the producers, was based on empirical observations, as well as the use of literature sources. Then, an exploratory factor analysis is carried out on parameters that are considered necessary by producers to adopt new technologies and how they perceive the successive situation that will be shaped by the new digital revolution in agricultural practice. Finally, the possibility of restarting primary production is being discussed, now that, due to the economic recession, many young people more familiar with technology are returning to the province and undertake to cultivate the land in the absence of any other employment.

Keywords

Sustainable agricultural resources management Crop production New technologies and techniques Precision agriculture Factor analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evagelia Koutridi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olga Christopoulou
    • 2
  • Marie-Noëlle Duquenne
    • 2
  1. 1.LamiaGreece
  2. 2.VolosGreece

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