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Current status, constraints and potentiality of agricultural mechanization in Fiji

Ullah, Mohammed W. and Anand, S. (2007) Current status, constraints and potentiality of agricultural mechanization in Fiji. Journal of Agricultural Mechanisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America, 38 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN 0084-5841

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This paper discusses the location, topography, soil type, climate, population, literacy rate and percentage of people engaged in agriculture in Fiji. The paper also briefly touches the farming systems adopted by farmers and crops cultivated including the main diet of different ethnicities. The current status of agricultural mechanization has been discussed. The constraints and potentialities of mechanization have been pointed out. Some of the constraints of agricultural mechanization have been identified as current land tenure system, poor economic condition of farmers, small holding size, fragmented holdings, cost of fossil fuel and higher cost of hiring tractors. The topography, soil type and sometimes continued bad weather also play a negative role to apply mechanization. To encourage agricultural mechanization the current land tenure system needs to be addressed as a burning issue. Some suggestions have been put forward to encourage mechanized cultivation in order to increase agricultural production at both subsistence and commercial levels. On the whole, Fiji has a huge potentiality to adopt agricultural mechanization in farming activities.

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: 24 May 2007 23:52
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 09:12

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