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Economic development also requires a growing labour force.
In an agricultural country most of the workers needed must come from the rural population. Thus agriculture must not only supply a surplus of food for the towns, but it must also be able to produce the increased amount of food with a relatively smaller labour force.
It may do so by substituting animal power for human power or by gradually introducing labour-saving machinery. Agriculture may also be a source of the capital needed for industrial development to the extent that it provides a surplus that may be converted into the funds needed to download industrial equipment or to build roads and provide public services.
For those reasons, a country seeking to develop its economy may be well advised to give a significant priority to agriculture. Experience in the developing countries has shown that agriculture can be made much more productive with the proper investment in irrigation systems, research, fertilizers , insecticides , and herbicides.
Fortunately, many advances in applied science do not require massive amounts of capital, although it may be necessary to expand marketing and transportation facilities so that farm output can be brought to the entire population. One difficulty in giving priority to agriculture is that most of the increase in farm output and most of the income gains are concentrated in certain regions rather than extending throughout the country.
The remaining farmers are not able to produce more and actually suffer a disadvantage as farm prices decline. There is no easy answer to that problem, but developing countries need to be aware of it; economic progress is consistent with lingering backwardness, as has been seen in parts of southern Italy or in the Appalachian area of the United States.
Peasant agriculture One characteristic of undeveloped peasant agriculture is its self-sufficiency. Farm families in those circumstances consume a substantial part of what they produce.
While some of their output may be sold in the market, their total production is generally not much larger than what is needed for the maintenance of the family. Not only is productivity per worker low under those conditions, but yields per unit of land are also low. Even where the land was originally fertile, the fertility is likely to have been depleted by decades of continuous cropping.
The available manures are not sufficient, and the farmers cannot afford to download them elsewhere. Peasant agriculture is often said to be characterized by inertia. The peasant farmer is likely to be illiterate, suspicious of outsiders, and reluctant to try new methods; food patterns remain unchanged for decades or even centuries.
Evidence, however, suggests that the apparent inertia may be simply the result of a lack of alternatives. If there is nothing better to change to, there is little point in changing. Moreover, the self-sufficient farmer is bound to want to minimize risks; since a crop failure can mean starvation in many parts of the world, farmers have been reluctant to adopt new methods if doing so would expose them to greater risks of failure.
The increased use worldwide of high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat from the s showed that farmers were willing and able to adopt new crops and farming methods when their superiority was demonstrated. Those high-yielding varieties, however, required increased outlays for fertilizer, as well as expanded facilities for storage and distribution, and many developing countries were unable to afford such expenditures.
That fundamental shift in the labour force is made possible, of course, by an enormous increase in output per worker as agriculture becomes modernized. That increase in output stems from various factors.
Where land is plentiful, the output per worker is likely to be higher because it is possible to employ more fertilizer and machinery per worker. The remainder is either in forests or is not being used for agricultural purposes. There are great differences in the amount of arable land per person in the various regions of the world.
The greatest amount of arable land per capita is in Oceania; the least is in China. No direct relationship exists between the amount of arable land per capita and the level of income. The relationship between land, population, and farm production is a complex one. In traditional agriculture, where methods of production have changed little over a long period of time, production is largely determined by the quality and quantity of land available and the number of people working on the land.
That generally involved a shift to crops that would yield more per unit of land and required more labour for their cultivation. Wheat , rye , and millet require less labour per unit of land and per unit of food output than do rice , potatoes , or corn maize , but generally the latter yield more food per unit of land.
Thus, as population density increased, the latter groups of crops tended to be substituted for the former. That did not hold true in Europe, where wheat, rye, and millet expanded at the expense of pasture land, but those crops yielded more food per acre than did the livestock that they displaced.
George Hunter As agriculture becomes modernized, its dependence upon land as well as upon human labour decreases. Animal power and machinery are substituted for human labour; mechanical power then replaces animal power. The substitution of mechanical power for animal power reduces the need for land.
The increased use of fertilizer as modernization occurs also acts as a substitute for both land and labour; the same is true of herbicides and insecticides.
By making it possible to produce more per unit of land and per hour of work, less land and labour are required for a given amount of output. Efforts to control prices and production In the second half of the 20th century, governments undertook to control both prices and output in the agricultural sector, largely in response to the pressures of the farmers themselves.
In the absence of such control, farm prices tend to fluctuate more than do most other prices, and the incomes of farmers fluctuate to an even greater degree. Not only are incomes in agriculture unstable, but they also tend to be lower than incomes in other economic sectors. The problem Instability of prices The instability of farm prices results from several factors. One is the relative slowness with which farmers are able to respond to changes in the demand for their product.
Why do some farmers survive difficulties like crop failures, while the same difficulties force others to give up? The reason is simple. Some farmers manage their farms better than others do. Some of the decisions the farmer has to take are: How much must I plant? What kind of stock must I keep and how many animals?
What methods must I follow to farm correctly?
Where and when must I download seed, fertilizer, etc? Where and when must I sell my products? Financial management The financial management of a farming enterprise is just as important as the production management. You cannot farm profitably unless you keep record of your expenditure and your income. Without records a farming enterprise is like a car without a steering wheel. Are you making a profit or are you farming at a loss?
If you are making a profit you must decide what to do with the money.
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