Agriculture and Plant Science

Farm mechanization

Farm mechanization

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Farm Mechanization has been identified as one of the factors that can promote the achievement of food security among both developed and developing countries. However, with the current trend of sustainable agriculture that promote conservation agriculture (CA) some of the farm machineries are highly discouraged while others act as complements or substitutes to CA. This book elaborates on some of the factors to consider in the use and utilization of a farm machine. This book walks the audience on the different farming tasks, the objective of the task and the best machinery to use to achieve this task while at the same time considering cost and environmental sustainability. The book also identifies the different issues such as Environment, Gender, Economic, Policy and Institutional issues that are related to agricultural mechanization. The understanding of these issues helps stakeholders to design policies and products that are tailored to the needs of farmers. By helping the users of the book understand the effect of farm machinery use, this book can be used to guide proper adoption of farm machinery.

Nekesah T. Wafullah is a skilled agriculture expert with extensive knowledge in agricultural energy value addition products, agricultural business management services, project management, various forms of fertilizer, their production, sales, marketing aspects and application regimes; cross border fertilizer trade policies; youth and women empowerment and volunteerism. She is adept at project planning and management as well as creating simple solutions to complex problems. She has experience within agricultural markets in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)- Bukavu and Lubumbashi and Uganda. She mentors high school and college students and advocates for better performance in Agricultural science. During her free time, she loves editing books, watching movies, cooking, baking, networking, reading, and dancing. Nekesah holds an M Sc. In Agricultural and Applied Economics degree from the University of Nairobi with a major in International Trade and Policy.

Kuria C. Muene is an agriculture graduate with a masters degree in Agricultural and applied economics. He has extensive knowledge in agricultural research, policy analysis, supply chains, project management and crop management. He has experience in the use of data analysis tools that led to high-quality inferences for the betterment of the agriculture sector. He is an avid reader and an outdoor sports enthusiast in his spare time.