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Validity of ASABE Standards in Estimating Total Operating Cost of Agricultural Machinery in Sudan

Validity of ASABE Standards in Estimating Total Operating Cost of Agricultural Machinery in Sudan

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Title: Validity of ASABE Standards in Estimating Total Operating Cost of Agricultural Machinery in Sudan
Author: Kheir, Huda Kamal Mohamed
Abstract: The objective of this study is to conduct a field survey in order to find out the values of the factors affecting the agricultural machinery operation cost in farming processes, and then substitute these values in calculating the agricultural machinery operations costs using the equations developed by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and compare the results with the actual costs of agricultural machinery operations collected from the field. A survey and data collection were conducted via visits to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry- Department of Agricultural Engineering, the Sudanese Harvesters Company, Central Trading Company, Alneelain Insurance Co., the Agricultural Bank (Sudan), Hilat Kuku Souk for second hand agricultural machinery and the Central Bank of Sudan, beside interviews with agricultural machinery users in both public and private sectors. The study covered the calculation of agricultural machinery cost of operation for three processes; primary tillage, secondary tillage and harvesting). In all three processes, a New Holland tractor model TT75, 3- bottom disc plough, Faza 4rows ridger and Crop Tiger Wheel-TAF 28 harvester were used. Using the ASABE equations, the cost of operation for the primary tillage by the disc plough was found to be SDG 46.60 per feddan, SDG 34.83 per feddan for the secondary tillage operation using ridger and SDG166.73 per feddan for the cost of harvesting using harvester, while the actual values of the average cost of operation per feddan for the primary and secondary tillage operations using disc plough and ridger were found to be SDG 35 and SDG20 per feddan respectively, and the average cost of operation for wheat harvesting process using harvester was SDG40 per feddan . The study has revealed a considerable variation in the operation cost per feddan for agricultural machines when the equations of the ASABE were applied as compared to the actual cost per feddan for agricultural processes collected from the field in Sudan, a matter which calls for further field studies to recheck validity of findings stated in this research, aiming at setting standards for the calculations of agricultural machinery cost of operation in the Sudan.
Description: 69 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10329
Date: 2015-05-05


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