THE RELATIONSHIP PRODUCTION BEHAVIOURS AND PERCEPTION OF GENETIC RESOURCE CONSERVATION OF THE FARMERS PRODUCING DRY BEAN LANDRACES IN TURKEY
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Turkey to be an important gene center for many plants and animals in the world, carry Turkey to a significant position both in terms of biodiversity and genetic resources. However, technological advances, developments in the use of inputs in agriculture, growing population and nutritional needs have confronted manufacturers with the fact that their production resources could be used more efficiently. The producers are planning their production with the level of consciousness and behavior in production, and also with genetic resource-landraces perception, which affects the sustainability of genetic resources-landraces. This study reveals the relationship between genetic resource-landraces perception and production behaviors of dry bean landrace (DBL) producers as a result of the survey conducted with 140 DBL producers from 27 districts of a total of 8 provinces located in Middle Kizihrmak Valley in Turkey. Genetic Resource-Landrace Perception (GRLP) and Production Behavior (PB) indexes of the producers were established by factor analysis. As a result, even though the economic value is high, landraces are being produced more by old school producers, which are defined as "conservative". Moreover, it has been determined that these producers are higher in genetic resource-landraces perception than that defined as "innovative". While the state is making policy regarding the protection of genetic resources and the sustainability of landraces, innovative and prominent individuals need to be taken more into consideration when determining the target population. Although the aforementioned individuals represent an innovative and environmentally conscious high-level, they are composed of individuals with low genetic resource- landrace perception and are the groups that trigger more erosion of genetic resources with more commercial-oriented thinking.