Factors Affecting Farmers' Satisfaction: Case of Agricultural Production Cooperatives in Guilan Province, Iran

The aim of this study was to identify and prioritize factors affecting farmers’ level of satisfaction in agricultural production cooperatives of Guilan Province, Iran. To this aim, documentary studies were conducted, and 15 factors affecting farmers’ satisfaction were identified. Next, they were prioritized by field studies using a questionnaire. The statistical population consisted of members of agricultural production cooperatives in Guilan Province. The sample comprised 93 farmers who were recruited using the Cochran formula. The questionnaires were distributed among farmers from12 cooperatives using a mix of random and proportional sampling methods and 100 questionnaires were collected. The content validity of the questionnaire was established and its reliability was estimated to be 79 percent using a Cronbach's alpha. To prioritize the factors, the researchers calculated means cores by using SPSS. Results indicated that empathy and cooperation among members, giving advice and guidance to members in case of problems, as well as effective communication with the local community are, respectively, the three factors that have the strongest effect on farmers' satisfaction in the studied region. In addition, the results showed that satisfaction of the majority of the members of cooperative activities was at a moderate level.

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Dec 01 2016
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International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development (IJAMAD), 06, 4
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