Mechanisation and Cropping Intensification: Economics of Machinery Use in Low-Wage Economies

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Abstract

Farm mechanisation in less developed countries was expected to increase output and cropping intensity by enabling greater timeliness of crucial farm operations. However, empirical evidence shows no such effects. It is demonstrated that in low-wage economies only a small number of machines can be economically viable in a given area; this number is generally inadequate to improve timeliness of operations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-335
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Development Studies
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

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