10.5191/jiaee.1999.06305

 

Abstract

This study explored and described farmers' attitudes toward farming in Trinidad. It examined farmers' overall attitude, determined the attitude component factors, and how these varied based on selected farmer and farm system variables. The prevailing view that "farmers have unfavorable attitudes" was challenged. Some areas of "unfavorable attitudes" were identified and examined to determine if these were constant for all categorizations of farmers.

The results showed that overall, farmers had favorable attitudes toward farming, which varied based on some characteristics of the farmer and the farm system. No differentiation was evident on farmers' attitudes and attitude component factors based on gender, ethnicity and land tenure status. Also, from the three factors identified, technology belief showed the highest level of differentiation among farmers.

 

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