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dc.contributor.advisorGibson, Lay Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.authorFeir, Abdulmuhssin Al.
dc.creatorFeir, Abdulmuhssin Al.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-31T17:16:08Z
dc.date.available2011-10-31T17:16:08Z
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/184707
dc.description.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.
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.en_US
dc.subjectAgricultural surveys -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.en_US
dc.subjectArid regions agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.en_US
dc.subjectUrbanization -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region.en_US
dc.subjectFarm produce -- Saudi Arabia -- Ṭāʼif Region -- Marketing.en_US
dc.titleGeographical analysis of farming systems in semiarid lands: Taif region case study.en_US
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dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.identifier.oclc703254779en_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFogel, Martinen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFfolliott, Peteren_US
dc.identifier.proquest8919030en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArid Lands Resources Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.description.noteDigitization note: p. 7 missing from paper original.
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-15T22:12:35Z
html.description.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.


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