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Evaluation of Farm Machinery Services Management In New Halfa Agricultural Scheme (SUDAN)

Evaluation of Farm Machinery Services Management In New Halfa Agricultural Scheme (SUDAN)

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Title: Evaluation of Farm Machinery Services Management In New Halfa Agricultural Scheme (SUDAN)
Author: Elbashir, Ahmed Khalifa Idris
Abstract: The study was conducted at New Halfa Agricultural Scheme to evaluate the machinery services management in the main workshop, and accordingly to suggest improvements to the present state after investigating the problems that adversely affect farm machinery services in the Scheme. A survey was carried out in the main workshop, other farm shops and in the field to collect data about the efficiency and performance of machinery and their averages repair and maintenance costs during the last four years (1999-2002), and also about the personnel recruited to take care of them, tools and equipment used, stock control procedures and types of buildings used in the main workshop sections. Analysis of data indicated that about 72%of wheeled and tracked tractors and about 78% of agricultural implements were out of work due to unavailability of spare parts and improper management and maintenance of machinery. Also it was observed that operators, mechanics and engineers were not adequately trained to do their particular jobs properly, and about 44% of operators and mechanics were idle, and therefore increasing the operating costs. Types of buildings, roofing and siding materials used were sufficient in providing better work conditions for services personnel. The workshop was well equipped with basic tools and equipment, and also with specialized power equipment, but hand tools used are not genuine parts and usually lead to lose of time and improper execution of work. Stock control procedures used in spare parts and supplies stores were efficient in keeping stores organization under close control. Accurate estimation of repair and maintenance costs of farm machinery was difficult because accurate records over the lifetime of a machine are usually not readily available. In this study the estimated repair and maintenance costs were greatly influenced by the age and annual hours of use of machines. Suggested measures to improve the present state of farm machinery services include; improved training programs for the operators and mechanics, supply of sufficient spare parts to keep machines always in work, execution of trade-in programs and using their scrap values in overhauling of broke down machines and gradual replacement of old machines to guarantee high annual hours of use of machines and reduce the costs of farm operations and then increase productivity per unit area and time.
Description: 2003
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10431
Date: 2015-05-10


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