A Study of Allotments and Small Land Plots: Benchmarking for Vegetable Food Crop Production

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A Study of Allotments and Small Land Plots: Benchmarking for Vegetable Food Crop Production by Robin Ian Cook

Abstract

This study seeks to benchmark financial efficiencies for vegetable food crop production and to demonstrate that local vegetable food crop growing is a viable option. The work identifies techniques for communities to increase sustainability on small land plots in Wales [UK]. Initial research shows limited availability of systematic data on harvest quantities and financial returns for small scale growing of vegetable food crops. When interviewed,
 37 growers from an initial total of 40 were either reluctant to provide, or had failed to keep, records of vegetable production, their costs and sales
 statistics. The information provided by the 37 for comprehensive personal interview questionnaires is mainly derived 
from memory. Organic registered growers are notionally required to keep precise production and other details by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs. Analysis of the memorised data showed in most instances that outputs generated were not sufficient to support inputs. This study highlights
 the difficulties of collecting and collating sufficient accurate data and systematic to establish reliable benchmarks for small agricultural enterprises. . .

Read/download the full text here  Cook – 2006 – A Study of Allotments and Small Land Plots

 

 

 

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