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Publication date: 13 June 2008

Halil Kizilaslan, Z. Gokalp Goktolga and Nuray Kizilaslan

The purpose of this paper is to determine the socio‐economic factors affecting meat sales outlets, as preferred by the consumers of the city of Tokat, Turkey. This paper…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the socio‐economic factors affecting meat sales outlets, as preferred by the consumers of the city of Tokat, Turkey. This paper underlines the social and economic factors leading to healthy meat outlet preferences and focuses the attention of producers, policy makers, sellers and consumers on the issue, which will lead to the creation of a healthier and more aware society.

Design/methodology/approach

Within the research, the sample size, preferred as 263, will deviate at a maximum of 6 percent from the main population at 95 percent importance level. The inquiries are proportionally dispersed between the quarters, considering the population, in accordance with the records of 2006. Surveys were carried out by way of direct interviews by the researchers. In the survey, particular attention was paid to ensure that the interviewee was the decision maker in regards to the purchasing of foods. Meat outlets (market places, butchers and hypermarkets) were chosen as the dependent variables of the model. The independent variables were the sex, age and educational background of the consumers, household size, place of residence, the status of the mother, income, price difference, quality difference, hygiene, freshness and the seller's image. The multinomial logit model was used to measure the effect of the independent variables on the dependent variable.

Findings

According to the results of the research; such factors as age, household size, place of residence, status of the mother, income, price difference, quality difference, hygiene, freshness and the seller's image are deemed to be the variables affecting the consumers' meat outlet preferences.

Practical implications

Studies of this nature will be particularly beneficial for policy makers, producers and consumers in the sector and the researchers in the field. By extension, conducting such studies aimed at determining consumer habits from the perspective of Turkey, will ultimately help form consumer consciousness, protect consumer health and raise the sellers' income. Defining aptitude of consumers' demands, searching reasons for buying choices will be helpful for the food safety, hygiene and quality standards to become a matter of importance.

Originality/value

This paper underlines the social and economic factors leading to healthy meat outlet preferences and focuses the attention of producers, policy makers, sellers and consumers on the issue, which will lead to the creation of a healthier and more aware society.

Details

British Food Journal, vol. 110 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2006

Nuray Kizilaslan

The purpose of the paper is to investigate the agricultural information system in Turkey, with particular reference to the effectiveness of this system for farmers.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to investigate the agricultural information system in Turkey, with particular reference to the effectiveness of this system for farmers.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study based on a review of the literature, established knowledge and national experience to date.

Findings

That, in Turkey, there is insufficient connection between the publishing activities of research institutions and other institutions active in the field. This lack of coordination causes an incomplete distribution of agricultural information to farmers. In particular, this creates an information system in which there is no effective feedback in the “research–publishing–farmer” triangle. Yet distribution of agricultural information to users and reciprocal user feedback is vital, because it is the essential mechanism by which a consistently reliable and effective distribution of information can be maintained.

Research limitations/implications

Although the central thesis of the paper is not advanced by reference to original research on the part of the authors, it is based on pre‐existing, well respected research which is intelligently interpreted and authoritatively synthesized by them.

Practical implications

To solve problems of agricultural information flow, the lack of coordination among the various organizations concerned has to be dealt with effectively, and a single organization has to be set up where information is collected in and distributed from the center. Non‐public publishing and research services have to be supported and encouraged in parallel with this.

Originality/value

The paper advances a clear plan of action for improving the information system in an area of great relevance to all developing countries.

Details

Library Review, vol. 55 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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