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Title:Some notes on small holder rice production in Liberia
Author:Santen, C.E. van
Periodical:The Liberian Economic and Management Review
Geographic term:Liberia
small farms
Abstract:Liberia's agriculture sector can be divided into three categories: 1) the seven large concessions; 2) the group of middle-sized commercial holdings; 3) the group of traditional small holdings. The first two groups are engaged in the production of rubber and other cash crops. Rice production is concentrated in the third group, which includes nearly all holdings under 10 acres, and many of those in the 10-50 acre class. Rice farming has the following categories: Traditional systerns (upland and swamp rice) and the improved systems (improved upland, improved lowland rainfed, and irrigated lowland rice). Though successful experiments with irrigation were carried out almost 40 years ago, there were less than 2.000 acres of irrigated rice in production in 1973. Drawing on his own experience in Lofa County, the author summarizes the best data available on rice production. He considers the obstacles which must be removed before potential increases in production can be translated into actual yields. Bibl., tables.