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Revista mexicana de ciencias agrícolas

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Abstract

VALERIO ROBLES, Mirian; RENDON MEDEL, Roberto; TOLEDO, José Ulises  and  DIAZ JOSE, Julio. Adoption of conservation agriculture practices in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Rev. Mex. Cienc. Agríc [online]. 2016, vol.7, n.spe15, pp.3103-3113. ISSN 2007-0934.

The conservation agriculture (AC) is a combination of agronomic, biological and mechanical measures that improve soil quality. The AC is an innovation in the agricultural production process that integrates practices minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotation. The decision of farmers to adopt new agricultural technology depends largely on the type of information you can get to make the decision to adopt it. The aim of this study was to analyze the sources of information that are producers in Tlaxcala, Mexico on AC practices. It integrates information field 461 observations, which were typed into four categories according to AC practices they perform. The indicators of social networks and statistical indicators were used to analyze each category. It was noted that the source of knowledge of producers who are mainly AC professional service providers (PSP) and teaching and research centers (IE). Producers who perform the three practices AC are the most searchable information, but are not older references as sources of information to other producers. AC strategy should consider that diffusion rather than adoption itself is central to increasing the number of producers who adopt the AC.

Keywords : knowledge sources; network analysis; producers diffusers; technology transfer.

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