Factors Influencing the Adoption of Biological Control of Rice stem borer (Chilo Suppressalis) in Talesh Region, Iran




Among the agricultural crops, rice has had the largest share in pesticide use. Most of the crop
losses are caused by the attack of Chilo suppressalis. The purpose of this study was to
examine effective factors on adoption of biological control by farmers in Talesh region of
Iran. A survey study was conducted using a stratified random sampling to collect data from
farmers in the selected rural areas of Talesh. The sample population was 184 farmers. In this
study, results showed that there was a significant difference between the two groups of
adopters and non-adopters of biological control regarding variables of number of domestic
animals, number of plows, farm workers and kinds of fertilizers in rice field. But, there were
no significant relationship between other variables and adoption of biological control of rice
stem borer Chilo suppressalis