The Importance of the Philosophy, Attitude, Perception, and Knowledge of Extension Workers in Transferring Sustainable Agricultural Practices to Malaysian Farmers

Neda Tiraieyari, Azimi Hamzah, Bahaman Abu Samah, Jejak Uli

Abstract


Sustainable agriculture is relatively new in Malaysia. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) has earmarked agricultural extension workers in the transfer of sustainable agricultural practices (SAP) to farmers. The purpose of this study is to investigate the importance of the attitude, perception, philosophy, and knowledge of extension workers in transferring SAP to Malaysian farmers. A questionnaire was used to collect data from a random sample of 400 extension workers associated with the DOA in west Malaysia. Quantitative data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and multiple linear regressions (MLR). Findings supported a positive relationship between extension workers’ philosophy, attitude, perception, and knowledge in transferring SAP to farmers. MLR results showed that variables selected for this study explained 62.3% of the variance in transferring SAP. Results support the importance of variables among the extension workers who transfer sustainable practices to farmers.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ass.v9n15p289

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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