Four Major Crops
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This chapter discusses four major crops which have played a dynamic role in agricultural development: rice, cassava, sugar and rubber. It will concentrate on economic and technical aspects relevant to the explanation of production trends. Much of this chapter will verify the thesis that these trends were the result of choices made by producers on the basis of the aim to optimise the use of their productive resources (labour, land, irrigation facilities and capital), given the market information available to them. In doing so, the chapter will contribute to an explanation of why and to what extent producers were in a position to make use of the public facilities discussed in the previous chapter.
KeywordsRice Production Rubber Tree Farm Household Irrigate Land Crumb Rubber
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