JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (10): 1624-1636.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20151314

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Does Farmland Transfer Scale Contribute to the Farmers’ Income?Based on the Empirical Study of Peasant Household Survey in the Five Provinces of Mid-China

XU Yu-ting1, 2, HUANG Xian-jin1, CHEN Zhi-gang1, ZHONG Tai-yang1, SUN Jin-kun1, XU Guo-liang3   

  1. 1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China;
    2. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, China;
    3. School of Tourism and Urban Management, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China
  • Received:2015-11-30 Revised:2016-07-01 Online:2016-10-20 Published:2016-10-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41401123 and 41571162; Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education Planning Fund, No.14YJC630155; Tsinghua Rural Research Dissertation Scholarship

Abstract: There are increasing louder voices for farmland transfer and scale management of agriculture. It is needed to evaluate the effects of the farmland transfer policy. Based on peasant household survey in the five provinces in Mid-China (Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi), this paper uses the data collected from 925 rented-in households and develops three sets of models to investigate the relation between farmland transfer-in scale and farmers’ farm-income. The empirical research shows that: 1) the farmland transfer scale has significant positive correlation to agricultural income, but its economic return rate is only 2.9%. 2) The influence of the farmland transfer scale shows difference in different regions with different transfer modes and different household types. The economic return rate in Anhui, Huibei and Hunan is higher than that in Henan and Jiangxi. The economic return rate of households-led mode is higher than that of government-led model. The farmland transfer scale has more impact on the agricultural income of pure farm households than on that of part-time farm households. 3) With the increase of farmland transfer scale, the farms’ income rises at first and then descends, showing an inverted U-shaped trajectory. The larger the farmland transfer scale, the lower income return rate is. Therefore, it is much better to improve the efficiency of farmland use, study the mechanism of the impact of farmland transfer scale on income and analyze the risks and reasons of income loss, rather than to expand the farmland scale blindly.

Key words: economies of scale, farm income, farmland transfer, five provinces of Mid-China, tenant

CLC Number: 

  • F301.2