Geographical analysis of farming systems in semiarid lands: Taif region case study.
AuthorFeir, Abdulmuhssin Al.
KeywordsAgriculture -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.
Agricultural surveys -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.
Arid regions agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.
Urbanization -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.
Farm produce -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region -- Marketing.
AdvisorGibson, Lay James
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis dissertation presents a case study of agricultural land use patterns and marketing aspects in the Taif region of Saudi Arabia. This area is one of importance to the overall agricultural future of Saudi Arabia, being a major producer of fruits, vegetables and dates in the Kingdom. In recent years, increases in personal income associated with oil production in the Kingdom have created significant changes in the types of crops grown as well as the way of life of the small farmer. These changes include the following: (1) Because better paying jobs and an enhanced lifestyle are luring farmers to the large urban areas, fewer workers are available for labor on the farms. (2) Large government subsidies have created a situation where the small farmer finds it no longer profitable to grow cereal crops as he traditionally did. (3) A lack of adequate refrigerated trucks and an increase in salinity in groundwater has caused farmers near the market centers of Makkah and Jeddah to cut fruit trees and replant with vegetables that can withstand more saline water and can be transported to the nearby markets more easily than those framers living in the farther areas of the region. What the author concludes is that increased attention to the problems of the small farmer in the region is necessary so that food supplies will be maintained to feed a growing population and so that self-sufficiency can be achieved. Additional support by the government in the way of subsidies and loans and more programs to educate farmers in marketing techniques and improved farm methods and management must be developed. And finally, the farmers should work together, sharing information and resources for the common good of all small farmers in the region.
Degree ProgramArid Lands Resources Sciences
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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