Analyzing Why Ago-processing Industries are not Developed in Kamyaran County: Application of the Grounded Theory Method

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.

2 PhD Student, Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.


Agriculture is key for the independence and development of any country. One of the strategies for agricultural development is to create agro-processing industries in order to prevent crop waste and create added value. However, some obstacles have caused these industries to not get the expected level of development, so studies are needed to identify and manage these barriers. This study aimed to analyze the reasons for the non-developmentof agro-processing industries by inductive reasoning in Kamyaran County. The research paradigm was qualitative and the grounded theory method was used to collect and analyze data. Data collection was done through field observations and in-depth interviews by 14 experts of the Agricultural Jihad Organization, farmers and investors of Kamyaran County. Purposeful sampling and theoretical saturation rule were used for sampling and sample size determination respectively. After three coding steps, the collected data were coded and analyzed in the form of 25 concepts and 10 major categories. The results showed that the reasons for the non-development of agro-processing industries in Kamyaran county can be found in the following cases: Inadequate cultivation patterns and high diversity in horticultural products, weak support from government and stakeholder organizations, managerial and motivational problems, bureaucracy and paperwork in the licensing process, economic problems related to the construction and maintenance of conversion industries, technological, structural and planning problems, poor marketing management, risk aversion and unwillingness to invest, weak social participation and lack of raw materials.


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