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University of Fort Hare (2014)

Identifying appropriate paths for establishing sustainable irrigated crop based farming business on smallholder irrigation schemes : a case of Ncora Irrigation Scheme

Mbizana, Nandipha

Titre : Identifying appropriate paths for establishing sustainable irrigated crop based farming business on smallholder irrigation schemes : a case of Ncora Irrigation Scheme

Auteur : Mbizana, Nandipha

Université de soutenance : University of Fort Hare

Grade : Master of Science in Agriculture (2014)

Résumé
The study examined the impact of small scale irrigation technology in crop production under Ncora areas of Cofimvaba. To achieve the objective of the study, data were collected from 212 farmers engaged in various crop enterprises under the Ncora. The farmers were randomly selected. Descriptive Statistics, DEA model, linear regression model and gross margin analysis were used to analyse the results obtained from the survey. The descriptive results showed that Ncora farmers are small-scale farmers cultivating small hectare of land and using simple farm tools, mainly using furrow irrigation. Furthermore, they produce more than one crop enterprises. The gross margin Analysis shows that Ncora cultivation is profitable. The most profitable crop was found to be maize than potatoes. Farm production function revealed that land, labour and purchased inputs had a positive relationship with the output of the enterprises. SPSS was used to run data for linear regression model (OLS). It was suggested that extension services and private organizations assist farmers especially the emerging ones via provision of training, processing and storage facilities. Furthermore, continuous monitoring of soil and water quality as well as ground water table was recommended, in order to ensure sustainability of Ncora irrigation in the area.

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