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Type Journal Article - Ecopersia
Title Prioritizing effective factors on development of medicinal plants cultivation using analytic hierarchy process (Case study: North Khorasan Province, Iran)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 557-569
URL http://journals.modares.ac.ir/pdf_12060_910e25bfaaee527a36e14cde3d434578.html
This research conducted in order to prioritize the effective criteria on development
of medicinal plants cultivation in North Khorasan Province using Analytical Hierarchy Process
(AHP) and Delphi methods. For this purpose, a list of effective factors offered to delphi group.
Analysis of delphi process showed that among 23 offered factors 19 factors, had greater impact on
development of medicinal plants cultivation. Hierarchy tree was drawn through grouping of 19
factors into four criteria including economic, promotional-educational services, cultural-social and
supportive policies factors. The pair wise comparison questionnaires were then distributed among
relevant researchers and experts of the province to get their opinions about the priority of criteria
and sub- criteria. The questionnaires were analyzed using Expert Choice software. The result
revealed that economic criterion with respective weight of 0.406 had the most impact among four
criteria affecting the development of medicinal plants cultivation. The supportive policies
(respective weight of 0.275), educational-extension services (respective weight of 0.193) and
cultural-social factors (respective weight of 0.125) received the maximum towards the minimum
priorities, respectively. The results of synthesis process showed that among the 19 factors, the
guaranteed purchase and establishing of pilot fields of medicinal plants, farmers' awareness of
comparative advantage of medicinal plants, and the development of processing industries had the
maximum towards minimum impacts on development of medicinal plants cultivation.

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