Information Needs on Organic Production Technologies for Rice Among Farmers in Selected Rice Growing Areas in Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Editha G. Cagasan, Nicasio R. Elatico, Roland A. Niez, Ulysses A. Cagasan, Avril Adrianne D. Madrid, Maria Anabelle D. Gerona, Rogelio Padit, Eva D. Abrugar, Absalon O. Abrugar, John Paul D. Pica

Abstract


This study was conducted to determine the information needs on organic production techniques/technologies among rice farmers in Eastern Visayas. We gathered data through a survey of 180 randomly chosen rice farmers in selected rice growing areas in Eastern Visayas (Abuyog, Javier and Kananga in Leyte; Naval in Biliran; and Quinapondan and Lawaan in Eastern Samar). Six focus group discussions in the selected research sites were also conducted to supplement the data gathered from the survey. Results showed that most of the respondents were male (86.1%), married (92.8%), old (50.6%), and had elementary (41.7%) and secondary 32.8%) levels of education. A great majority of the respondents used inorganic inputs (inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides) for rice production. Almost all of them (95.6%) have already heard about organic farming. Majority also have the positive attitude towards organic farming (64.4%) and have high level of intention to use organic farming technologies or strategies for rice (84.4%). However, only very few of the respondents (8.3%) believed that they are capable of using organic production technologies for rice at present. This is because they believed that they still lacked knowledge and skills to do organic farming and wanted to observe first if the outcomes of organic farming are really better than the methods they are using at present (inorganic). They also believed that organic farming is difficult and time-consuming, and that it cannot give immediate benefits to farmers.


Keywords


rice farming practices; psychosocial factors, behavioral intention; organic farming methods

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