Table 1

Main reasons for abandoning conservation agriculture (farmers’ perceptions with possibility of multiple answers).

Principales raisons de l’abandon de l’agriculture de conservation (perceptions paysannes avec possibilité de réponses multiples).

Social reasons   Economic reasons   Technical reasons   Environmental reasons   Other reasons  
No extension support 23% Excessive labor requirements 10% Increase of required labor 17% Drought 20%    
Uncontrolled free zebu grazing 23% Increase of expenses 33% Lack of experience 7% Insects 23% Retirement 3%
Bushfire (linked also with drought) 3% Crops incompatible with CA 3% Difficulties to get seeds for associated plants 10% Soil compaction 3% Health problems linked to agrochemicals 3%
Conflict with the project 13% Absence of assistance and bank credits at project’s end 23% Difficulties to get agrochemicals 3%        
Difficulties to find labor force 10% Disappointing economic performances 3% Difficulties to control the cover crop 7%        
Absence of assistance and bank credits at project’s end 23% Other reasons 7% Weeds 7%        

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