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Table 7

Strengths and weaknesses mentioned by at least three surveyed farmers of three scenarios for expanding oilseed flax cultivation on their farms (or to introduce oilseed flax to additional farms). Scenarios are as follows: under agri-environmental conditions, payment of compensation for the income foregone and additional costs incurred (economic scenario); better information on agronomic advantages of oilseed flax and highlighting solutions to overcome crop management difficulties (agronomic scenario); oilseed flax cultivation as a valuable alternative to other conventional crops if they become difficult to grow (alternative scenario).

Scenario Strengths and Weaknesses n

Economic Strengths
It provides financial support 27
It is technically feasible 9
It reduces workload 3
It requires environmental considerations / authority controls 9
It depends on public aid 7
It requires technical improvement (which does not exist yet) 5
It requires genetic improvement (which does not exist yet) 4
Selling price of linseed is still the same / is not guaranteed 4

Agronomic Strengths
It offers technical solutions to current problems (weed management, harvest) 23
It offers new crop varieties (that produce more, that are more resistant) 23
It highlights technical supervision 14
It is based on up-to-date knowledge 5

Alternative Strengths
It is realistic (it is the reason why surveyed farmers grow oilseed flax) 10
It increases crop diversification / durations of cropping sequence 10
It is a solution to current problems (weed and disease management) 9
Oilseed flax cannot be the only solution (others must be offered) 9
It does not mention economic aspects 8
Oilseed flax is not a credible solution 4

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