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Agricultural tools and machinery used by Samoan subsistence farmers

Malaki, Ioane and Ullah, Mohammed W. (2001) Agricultural tools and machinery used by Samoan subsistence farmers. Journal of South Pacific Agriculture, 8 (2). pp. 23-31. ISSN 1018-7774

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Abstract

This paper discusses the findings of the research carried out on agricultural tools and machinery used by Samoan subsistence farmers to cultivate and harvest crops like taro (Colocasia esculents var. esculenta), banana (musa spp.), ta’amu ( Alocasia macrorhiza) breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), yam (Discorea spp.) and coconut (Cocosnucifera). The research was conducted by interviewing farmers chosen by field officers who work directly with them on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture in Samoa. The information collected focused on the type of tool, implement or machine that the farmer owned or has access to, its effectiveness, susceptibility to breakdowns, maintenance issues, ease of repair and availability of spare parts. In general the level of engineering inputs employed in the production of these crops is low and confined mainly to the bushknife, metal tip for planting stick, spade, the lower – operated knapsack sprayer and the mist blower.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2001 10:08
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 14:41
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/2790
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