The Oyster Nut

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1939/1940
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Poppleton,W.J.
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A plantation with, say, 100 acres of coffee may have only 40 acres of good quality plants capable of producing an economic crop at present prices_ This acreage might produce, say, ten tons of reasonably good quality coffee, the remaining 60 acres of inferior plants producing only five tons of inferior coffee, making a total production of fifteen tons per annum from 100 acres, which sells at, say, an all-in local price of £35 per ton. This represents a total revenue of £525, and against this is set the cost of production, say, at £6 per acre, or a total cost of £600, a cost which makes no allowance for the excessive overheads many plantations are carrying, or for reasonable maintenance, and which would result in the ultimate complete deterioration of the whole area.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 5 (No 5), p. 114-120
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