The role of production groups in upgrading the machine park in farms
Anna Szeląg-Sikora , Zofia Gródek-Szostak , Joanna Stuglik , Marcin Niemiec , Sylwester Tabor , Radosław Kowalski
AbstractIn terms of agriculture, Poland is competitive as compared to the countries of the “old” EU, due to the use of new production technologies. Maintaining this trend requires continuous modernization of agricultural technology means on farms, with appropriate attention paid also to the appropriate adjustment of technical parameters of the purchased means. Failure to match the existing machine park, the farm's area or its branch of production can lead to a decreased financial result of the farm. The above mentioned threats are particularly important for small farms, which are characterized by low investment capacity, and at the same time have a limited amount of farming land, which results in less intensive use of the purchased machines. The study included a group of 20 individual farmers, making individual purchases, and 2 producer groups of 10 farmers each, who make purchasing decisions collectively. The majority of individual respondents came from the Małopolskie province, from the Gorlicki district, and were aged 21- 30. The research of purchases of agricultural production equipment by individual and associated farmers shows that, in general, the machine park of farms is improving. As can be presumed, the surveyed farmers associated in producer groups probably leverage the knowledge and experience shared by group participants as the foundation for decision making. Observing the work of users of specific brands of devices, and conclusions about their usefulness in specific applications, were significant for their own purchasing decisions.
|Publication size in sheets||19.15|
|Book||Lorencowicz Edmund, Uziak Jacek, Huyghebaert Bruno (eds.): Farm Machinery and Processes Management in Sustainable Agriculture : X International Scientific Symposium FMPMSA 2019, 2019, Instytut Naukowo-Wydawniczy Spatium, ISBN 978-83-66017-74-0, 455 p., DOI:10.24326/fmpmsa.2019.1|
|Keywords in English||agricultural machinery, decision system, agricultural producers|
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