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dc.contributor.authorHendriks, Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-10T16:21:06Z
dc.date.available2012-09-10T16:21:06Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/7318
dc.descriptionThesis (M.B.A.)--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2012.
dc.description.abstractBoth globally and locally, agriculture faces ever increasing challenges such as high input costs, strict environmental laws, decrease in land for cultivation and an increase in demand due to the growing global population. Profitability and sustainability requires more effective production systems. Precision agriculture is identified as such a system and is built upon a system approach that aims to restructure the total system of agriculture towards low input, high efficiency and sustainable agriculture. The aim of this study was to analyse the state of precision agriculture in the summer grain producing areas of South Africa, specifically the North West and Free State provinces. In order to achieve this, a literature study was conducted. During the literature study the term ‘precision agriculture’ was defined and discussed. The precision agriculture cycle and its components were explained and benefits of precision agriculture were identified. The literature study was concluded with identifying and discussing the most widely used and most beneficial technologies as well as reasons for slow adoption. Findings from the literature study were used to investigate the state of precision agriculture locally. In order to achieve this, a quantitative approach was used and information was collected by means of an empirical study using a questionnaire. Questionnaires were distributed to farmers using selling agents of an agricultural company that is well represented in the targeted areas. The data was then statistically analysed. The survey showed that only 52% of summer grain producing farmers in the North West and Free State provinces of South Africa practises precision agriculture as defined in the v literature study. The study also revealed that the majority of precision agriculture farmers are over the age of 40, have more than 16 years of farming experience, are well educated, cultivate more than 1,000 hectares and uses none or little irrigation. The most commonly used precision agriculture technologies were grid soil sampling and yield monitors. The perception among most of the farmers was that precision technologies are not very affordable, not easily available and that it lacks proper testing with regards to efficiency. The group of summer grain–producing farmers that have correctly implemented precision agriculture as per definition stated that the benefits they derived from precision technologies include reduction in input costs, increased outputs and improved management skills. Too high implementation costs and technologies not providing enough benefits were among the main reasons farmers do not implement precision agriculture. It was concluded that a significant effort and amount of work is needed to increase the use of precision agriculture among summer grain–producing farmers in the targeted areas. A consolidated effort from government, agricultural institutions and agricultural companies will be needed to achieve this goal. Implementing precision agriculture as a system will require education (from primary to tertiary institutions) and improved marketing strategies. Only then will precision technologies be able to help meet the future demands placed on the agriculture sector.en_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University
dc.subjectPrecision agricultureen_US
dc.subjectPrecision farmingen_US
dc.subjectPrecision farmersen_US
dc.subjectSustainable farmingen_US
dc.subjectCrop managementen_US
dc.subjectManagement strategyen_US
dc.subjectInformation technologyen_US
dc.subjectPrecision agriculture technologiesen_US
dc.subjectCrop productionen_US
dc.subjectProduction areasen_US
dc.subjectProduction methoden_US
dc.subjectCultivationen_US
dc.subjectVariabilityen_US
dc.subjectManagement zonesen_US
dc.subjectSensorsen_US
dc.subjectMonitoringen_US
dc.subjectPrecision agriculture cycleen_US
dc.subjectInformationen_US
dc.subjectData analysisen_US
dc.subjectDecision makingen_US
dc.subjectImplementationen_US
dc.subjectEvaluationen_US
dc.subjectImplementation systemsen_US
dc.subjectVariable rate technologyen_US
dc.subjectOutputsen_US
dc.subjectInputsen_US
dc.subjectEconomic advantagesen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental advantagesen_US
dc.subjectAdoptionen_US
dc.subjectFarming experienceen_US
dc.subjectPerceptionsen_US
dc.subjectAttitudesen_US
dc.subjectPrecision agriculture groupen_US
dc.subjectNon-precision agriculture groupen_US
dc.subjectTotal sampleen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectMarketing strategiesen_US
dc.subjectPresisielandbouen_US
dc.subjectPresisieboerderyen_US
dc.subjectPresisieboereen_US
dc.subjectVolhoubare boerderyen_US
dc.subjectGewasbestuuren_US
dc.subjectBestuursstrategieen_US
dc.subjectInligtingstegnologieen_US
dc.subjectPresisieboerderytegnologieen_US
dc.subjectGewasproduksieen_US
dc.subjectProduksieareasen_US
dc.subjectProduksiemetodeen_US
dc.subjectVerbouingen_US
dc.subjectVeranderlikheiden_US
dc.subjectBestuursgebiedeen_US
dc.subjectSensorsen_US
dc.subjectMoniteringen_US
dc.subjectPresisieboerderysiklusen_US
dc.subjectInligtingen_US
dc.subjectData-analiseen_US
dc.subjectBesluitnemingen_US
dc.subjectImplementeringen_US
dc.subjectEvalueringen_US
dc.subjectImplementeringsistemeen_US
dc.subjectDifferensiële tegnologieen_US
dc.subjectUitsetteen_US
dc.subjectInsetteen_US
dc.subjectEkonomiese voordeleen_US
dc.subjectOmgewingsvoordeleen_US
dc.subjectBoerdery-ondervindingen_US
dc.subjectPersepsiesen_US
dc.subjectIngesteldheiden_US
dc.subjectPresisieboerderygroepen_US
dc.subjectNie-presisieboerderygroepen_US
dc.subjectTotale monsteren_US
dc.subjectOnderwysen_US
dc.subjectBemarkingstrategieen_US
dc.titleAn analysis of precision agriculture in the South African summer grain producing areasen
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeMastersen_US


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