This paper aims at investigating the pesticide use tendency of farmers growing tomatoes in greenhouses in the Mediterranean region, their environmental sensitivity, and pesticide use levels as quantity and value. In this research, a total of 100 questionnaires were administered in Antalya, Adana, and Mersin provinces the Mediterranean region where greenhouse production is practiced intensely. The survey data covered the 2018 production season. According to the results of the research, the farmers were found to implement incorrect agricultural fight methods while growing tomatoes such as failing to predict the spraying time for diseases and weeds, lack of spraying knowledge, and inappropriate spraying practice. There has been a growing number of news about the excessive use of pesticides in greenhouses in recent years. In this study, too, 47% of the farmers were found to comply with recommended spraying doses, whereas 53% were determined to not follow the validated spraying dose. The factors that have an effect on the right dose use of individuals were determined by defining dose-compliance/non-compliance as a dependent variable in the probit model. While average agricultural income, attending pesticide training courses, wrong pesticide used, and visiting agricultural institutions increase appropriate dose use, Adana province, cooperative membership and agricultural supports cause used overdose pesticide. Arrangements should be made to encourage the individuals running the greenhouses to visit agricultural institutions for exchanging accurate information about spraying methods.
Mediterranean Region, Pesticide, Greenhouse, Producer Approaches