PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (9): 1294-1304.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.09.003

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Influence of commercialized production-oriented “new professional farmers” on the plastic tunnels transition: A case study in Nanjing City

YAN Menglu1,WANG Baiyuan2,ZHAO Xiaofeng3,ZHONG Taiyang1,*()   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Ocean Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
    2. Chinese Land Surveying and Planning Institute, Beijing 100035, China
    3. School of Public Administration, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
  • Received:2019-04-30 Revised:2019-07-26 Online:2019-09-28 Published:2019-09-25
  • Contact: ZHONG Taiyang
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(No.41771189);Project from China Land Surveying and Planning Institue(No.2018049-6)


With the continuous development of agricultural commercialization in China, traditional uncovered farmlands have been gradually replaced, the area of plastic tunnels in the suburbs of big cities expands rapidly, and the transformation of agricultural land use to "plastic tunnels" has become more common. Along with this development, farmers in the suburbs of big cities have gradually changed from the traditional "self-sufficient" farmers to the market-oriented "new professional farmers". However, so far there has been little research on the role of new professional farmers in the transformation of agricultural land use in the suburbs of big cities. In order to analyze the influence of "new professional farmers" on the transformation of agricultural land use, based on the questionnaire survey primary data of 291 farmers in eight districts of Nanjing City in 2018 and secondary data, this study constructed a Logistic regression model from the perspective of new professional farmer influences and studied the impact of new professional farmers on the transformation of plastic tunnels on a micro scale. The results show that: 1) Compared with other types of farmers, new professional farmers are the fundamental driving factor for the transformation of suburban farmland use and can significantly promote the transformation of suburban farmland use towards plastic tunnels. Holding all other variables constant, the possibility of plastic tunnels cultivation of migrant professional farmers is about 4.7 times that of other types of farmers. 2) Age of the new professional farmers, years of farming, and scale of operation are important factors affecting the transformation of plastic tunnels. The older the farmers are, the less likely they are to convert to plant cropping in plastic tunnels; the longer the number of years of farming, and the larger the scale of operation, the greater the possibility of converting to the use of plastic tunnels. 3) For all farmers who participated in the survey, sales proportion, annual net profit per unit of agriculture production, and terrain factors have a significant positive effect on the transformation of plastic tunnels.

Key words: use of cultivated land, agrarian transition, new professional farmers, plastic tunnels, Nanjing City