A holistic approach in explaining farmers' intentional behaviour on manure waste utilization

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GÜRBÜZ İ. B. , Ozkan G.

NEW MEDIT, vol.20, no.4, pp.83-99, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.30682/nm2104g
  • Journal Name: NEW MEDIT
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, EconLit, Index Islamicus, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-99
  • Keywords: Waste Management, Peri-urban farming, Theory of planned behaviour, Structured equation modelling, Environmental sustainability, PLANNED BEHAVIOR, MANAGEMENT, WILLINGNESS, INFORMATION, ADOPTION, CONSERVATION, PERCEPTIONS, PREVENTION, PRODUCTS, ACCEPT
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This research examined livestock farmers' intention to move manure waste to an allocated landfill and the impact of financial support by municipalities on farmer's behaviour. The theoretical framework was developed using the Theory of Planned Behaviour and tested the validity of the model. The survey was carried out with 336 farmers in Bursa, Turkey, where animal husbandry is the primary livelihood source. Research results have shown that the developed model proved to be satisfactory in predicting farmers' intentions. The attitude (beta=0.38; p<0.01) variable was the most important determining factor on farmer behaviour, followed by subjective norms (beta=0.30; p<0.01). Local governments' financial support was a strong mediator effect between attitude (beta=0.62; p<0.01) and farmers' behaviour. This study emphasizes that local governments should employ more proactive environmental measures, raise financial support initiatives in animal waste management to ensure farmers' participation in these practices and sustainable agriculture.