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Title:Cost and return comparison for the main crops in Egypt: (a case study - Sharkia Governorate)
Authors:Mansour, Mahmoud E.L.ISNI
Krenz, Ronald
Periodical:L'Égypte contemporaine
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:agricultural products
production costs
Abstract:In Egyptian agriculture the prices of the major field crops are set by the government on the basis of estimates of the cost of production. A pilot study was carried out in Sharkia Governorate in order to develop a system which would produce accurate and precise estimates of average per unit production costs for the main crops, viz. wheat, berseem, broad beans, maize, rice and cotton. Of concern was not only price policy but also income analysis, cropping patterns and other issues such as economies to size. The results show that small farms utilize human labour and animal power more intensively than large farms; that small farms apply more intensive fertilizer input than large farms; and that berseem, the major feed for livestock, is more profitable than either wheat or broad beans.