Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 147–155 | Cite as

Quantification of restricting factors of agricultural development in Min County of Gansu, China

  • Yong Chen
  • Li-hua ZhouEmail author


Agricultural development in poverty-stricken areas is a major problem affecting agricultural modernization in China. This study discusses the restrictive factors affecting agricultural development in impoverished areas in China. A typical impoverished mountainous area, Min County, was selected for a case study. A regression analysis on the factors and characteristics of agricultural development in Min County between 1982 and 2017 was performed in this study. Taking agricultural output as the dependent variable, we selected nine main inputs of agricultural production in impoverished mountainous areas as the independent variables. Ridge regression analysis was carried out by testing for unit root and co-integration to verify the equilibrium relationship of the data. The results showed that the real Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, the non-grain area ratio, the proportion of government expenditure on agriculture support to total expenditure, and the amount of chemical fertilizer applied in unit cultivated land area were the four most significant factors. The proportion of government expenditure on agriculture support to total expenditure was a negative influence, whereas the other three significant factors had a positive influence on agricultural output. This study highlights about the most significant factors affecting the agricultural development of impoverished mountainous regions in China.


Impoverished mountainous region Agricultural development Min County Ridge regression 


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This work was financially supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (2018YFA0606402) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41601587, 41671187). The comments and suggestions of the anonymous referees are appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and ResourcesChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Institutes of Science and DevelopmentChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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