Adoption of Balanced Use of Chemical Fertilisers: Farmer's Response to Scientific Evidence and Social Learning

  • Blog Post Date 31 March, 2015
  • IGC Research on India
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Ram Fishman

Tel Aviv University

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Avinash Kishore

International Food Policy Research Institute

Government of India has launched a massive program of individualized soil tests and customized fertilizer recommendation, with the hope that scientific information will lead farmers to optimize the fertilizer mix. This porject conducted a randomized control trial in Bihar to provide evidence on the effectiveness of the program, as implemented currently. The findings suggests that lack of confidence is the main factor inhibiting farmers’ response.

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