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The Economic Potential Of Vegetable Production For Limited Resource Farmers In South Central Alabama


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  • Gan, Jianbang
  • Kebede, Ellene
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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of vegetable production to enhance the declining farm income of limited resource farmers. A survey of 60 limited resource farmers in south central Alabama was undertaken to carry out this evaluation. Results of the survey show that 95% of the farmers had an annual farm income of less than $12,000. Linear programming methodology was applied to perform a whole-farm analysis of a representative farm developed from the data. The overall results show that vegetable production will significantly increase the annual income of these farmers. Some specific conclusions are that: (a) the total return from vegetable production depends on vegetable mixes; (b) vegetable production is labor intensive and sensitive to change in labor cost, implying that an increase in minimum wage might affect the return from vegetable production; and (c) development of labor-saving technology in vegetable production could be considered as a long-term solution to increase the returns of vegetable producers.

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    Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia in its journal Journal of Agribusiness.

    Volume (Year): 17 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14681

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    Keywords: enterprise budget; farm analysis; farm income; limited resource farmers; linear programming; minimum wage; vegetable production; Production Economics;


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    1. Dismukes, Robert & Harwood, Joy L. & Bentley, Susan E., 1997. "Characteristics and Risk Management Needs of Limited-Resource and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33622, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Epperson, James E. & Lei, Li-Fen, 1989. "A Regional Analysis Of Vegetable Production With Changing Demand For Row Crops Using Quadratic Programming," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 21(01), July.
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    2. Sumelius, John & Islam, K.M. Zahidul & Sipilainen, Timo, 2011. "Access to Microfinance: Does it Matter for Profit Efficiency Among Small Scale Rice Farmers in Bangladesh?," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 116067, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Stamenkovska, Ivana Janeska & Dimitrievski, Dragi & Erjavec, Emil & Žgajnar, Jaka & Martinovska-Stojcheska, Aleksandra, 1. "Optimization of production on vegetable farm in the Republic of Macedonia," Agroeconomia Croatica, Croatian Society of Agricultural Economists, vol. 3(1).


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