Coffee Board of Kenya Monthly Bulletins March 1979

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1979
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Waikwa, J. W.
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With the current rising costs,use of farm machinery on coffee estates in Kenya is becoming a major input.In the past several types of machines for spraying coffee (Wallis, 1964),weed control (Anon, 1963), mulch mowing (Anon, 1962), soil cultivation (Pyman, 1962)and coffee harvesting (Cannell et al., 1970) have been tested in Kenya ; but cost of operating any of these machines has not been reported. Generally two main groups of farm machines exist on coffee estates, namely new machines and obsolete or fully depreciated machines.An obsolete machine may be defined as one still in use after the normal or assumed life is over (10 or 15 years).This article presents methods of estimating costs of operating both new and obsolete farm machines.Information given is based on data collected from 12 estates located east of the Rift Valley,with coffee hectares ranging from 20 to 89.
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Monthly Bulletin, 44 (516)
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