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Analyzing Socio-Cultural Causes of Excessive Irrigation in Tribal Societies and Extension Needs: A Case Study of Harran Plain, Şanlıurfa

Aktas, Yasar and Olgun, Aysen and Demirdogen, Alper and Ocal Kara, Fatma (2011): Analyzing Socio-Cultural Causes of Excessive Irrigation in Tribal Societies and Extension Needs: A Case Study of Harran Plain, Şanlıurfa. Published in:

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Abstract

Besides, natural and technical factors effecting excessive irrigation, training activities of some governmental offices also have some influences on excessive irrigation tendencies of farmers, but they do not have a distinctive role. The main hypothesis of this research is that, in Harran Plain more than natural factors and extension activities and training, socio-cultural system affects irrigation behaviour of farmers. In other words, the main cause of excessive irrigation is socio cultural system. The main aim of this study is to analyze tribal system, to explain the excessive irriga-tion tendencies of farmers, and to develop and discuss a model which will help further studies. In this survey, 86 farmers, heads and secretaries of 12 irrigation unions, directors and agriculturalists working for 5 chamber of farmers, 26 agricultural chemical deal-ers, and 34 agricultural extension workers working at government agricultural prov-ince and county offices, in total 163 people, have been interviewed. In the survey the situation-specific approach has been used as the theoretical basis.

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