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Perception and Attitude of Filipino Farmers towards Padi Farm Fragmentation in the Ilocos Region, Philippines

Shue Tuck Wong
Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography
Vol. 69, No. 1 (1987), pp. 73-80
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography
DOI: 10.2307/490413
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/490413
Page Count: 8
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Perception and Attitude of Filipino Farmers towards Padi Farm Fragmentation in the Ilocos Region, Philippines
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Abstract

The factors affecting padi farm fragmentation for 194 rice farmers in the Ilocos Region by size group - Small, Medium and Large, and by number of parcels - Two vs. Three, Three vs. Four and Four plus vs. Two, are examined in this study. Perception of padi farm fragmentation varied with the farmer's awareness of the causes of fragmentation, his perception of it as a problem and his perception of difficulties resulting from fragmentation. Extent of fragmentation was found to be significantly associated with a farmer's perception of the causes of fragmentation and his willingness to change the location of parcels in his farm. However, no apparent association was found between extent of fragmentation and his perception of it as a problem, nor his perception of difficulties resulting from it. In appraising the attitude of the farmers towards the effects of fragmentation and proposed measures to reduce it, only the policy on limiting land rents was found to be significantly associated with extent of fragmentation as measured by parcel size. A high degree of concordance was shown by the farmers among the three size groups - Small, Medium and Large - and their attitude towards the effects of fragmentation.

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