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IJSTR >> Volume 4 - Issue 11, November 2015 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



LOESS Analysis Of Plowing Charges And Acreage Plowed In The Agro-Ecological Zones Of Ghana

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AUTHOR(S)

Gerald Ahorbo, Johnson Ofori, Joseph Otoo.

 

KEYWORDS

Index Terms: Agro-ecological Zone, Ghana, LOESS Analysis, Plowing, Smallholder Farmer.

 

ABSTRACT

Abstract: The plowing charges of farm tractor-hire service enterprises sometimes influence the acreage plowed. This study was to explore the relationship between farm acreage plowed and the plowing service charges of farm tractor-hire service enterprises and also assess the effect of changes in plowing charges of farm tractor-hire service providers on the acreage plowed for smallholder farmers in four agro-ecological zones (the coastal savannah, deciduous forest, transitional, and guinea savannah) of Ghana using a locally weighted regression (LOESS). A total of 120 tractor-hire service providers who plowed for smallholder farmers over the period of 2008 and 2011 were randomly sampled across the four agro-ecological zones and interviewed. The results showed that the relation between the farm acreage plowed and the plowing service charges varied from one agro-ecological zone to the other and the average maximum acreage plowed per service provider was found to be in the neighborhood of 270 acres at average rate of GH¢29 per acre in the Coastal Savannah Zone, 850 acres at average rate of GH¢28 per acre in the Deciduous Forest Zone, 650 acres at average rate of GH¢25 per acre in the Transitional Zone, and 450 acres at average rate of GH¢24 per acre in the Guinea Savannah Zone. The overall outcome of this study would assist the tractor-hire service providers, policy makers, and agricultural extension agents to know the suitable average plowing charges that a lot of the smallholder farmers could afford at the various agro-ecological zones to promote the plowing of more farm lands.

 

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