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Type Journal Article - The International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology
Title Identification of agricultural factors for improving sustainable land resource management in northern Thailand: A case study in Chiang Mai Province
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Volume 14
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 382-390
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504500709469738#.VSFuR_mUfwY
Abstract
This paper aims to identify the land-use factors benefiting sustainable land management in terms of environmental conservation. For evaluating the impacts of land use on the environment, the following parameters were used: chemical fertiliser and pesticide use, land-use structure and diversity. The farmers' income, land tenure and farming scale were selected for their influence on agricultural sustainability. The analysis shows a rapid increase in use of chemical fertiliser and pesticide in the past 40 years, and an observable increase in land-use diversity. The amount of chemical fertiliser used per unit area in large-scale farming was lower than that at small scales, but large-scale farming consumes more pesticide than small-scale farming. A significant negative correlation was observed between the proportions of the holdings possessing land and the holdings using the chemical fertiliser. In order to achieve sustainable agriculture, it is necessary to manage crop systems and land use towards selecting new strains and varieties of crops and fruits with a lower demand for chemical fertiliser and a higher resistance to disease and pests, balancing large- and small-scale farming, and ensuring land tenure and economic incentives.

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