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Title:An agricultural revolution in the African tropics - the development of mechanised agriculture on the clay plains of the republic Sudan
Author:Davies, H.R.J.ISNI
Periodical:Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Geographic term:Sudan
Subject:agricultural mechanization
Abstract:This article deals with the Mechanical Crop Production Scheme (MCPS) which originated from the approach in 1943 by the Middle East Supply Corporation (MESC) to the Sudan Government concerning the possibility of expanding the country's production of edible fats. The Sudan Government, for several reasons, suggested to mechanise dura production, to which the MESC agreed. In 1944 field trials started at Matna in the Gedaref area. In 1946 Matna was abandoned. The activities were continued in the Ghadambaliya area. In 1947 /48 the MCPS took over. Since 1957 production also has been around Dali-Mazmoum. From a proposition of doubtful economic viability in 1945 had emerged a shceme lot reasonable prospects by 1952, and of great profit by 1960. The most difficult problem has been to fit man and his needs into the natural pattern. This is discussed under the heads: water supply; a profitable crop; farm organisation; labour supply. After Effects of the MCP-Schemes follow General Conclusions. Figures; tables; references.