Assess cotton growers’ willingness to use coated cotton seeds with insecticides. A field research in the Region of Thessaly, Greece
New Medit, Vol 15, n. 4, (December 2016), pp. 90-96
Jel classifications: D12, D81
Regarding cotton cultivation, the ban of use of coated cotton seeds with neonicotinoids leaves no other alternative but to apply granular insecticides during sowing. Due to the importance of cotton production for the Greek primary sector and national economy, a field research was conducted in August 2015 in the Region of Thessaly, central Greece, where half of Greek cotton is traditionally produced. The results prove that there is a significant environmental awareness from cotton producers, showing a strong preference in using coated cotton seeds instead of granular insecticides. This preference is more intense for younger farmers with large agricultural holdings. This is the first field research conducted for this issue, which verifies the need for further examination of farmers’ beliefs, perceptions and attitudes on similar issues for different crops, like maize.
neonicotinoids, cotton, right to use