Impact of rice harvest loss by mechanization or outsourcing: Comparison of specialized and part-time farmers

Xue Qu, Daizo Kojima, Yukinaga Nishihara, Laping Wu, Mitsuyoshi Ando

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Abstract

One-third of the world's food is lost and wasted each year, making reducing food loss and waste one of the promising ways to ensure global food security. This study conducts a comparative analysis of the differences among the factors affecting rice harvest loss of specialized and part-time farmers. Data collected from 1 106 farmers in China were analysed using Tobit regression. The results indicated the following: i) The average rice harvest loss rate of part-time farmers is higher than that of specialized farmers. ii) Among the variables considered, most factors not only increase the loss of part-time and non-rice specialized farmers but also reduce the loss of rice specialized farmers. iii) The use of combine harvesters and the purchase of outsourcing services increases the loss of part-time and non-rice specialized farmers but can reduce the loss of rice specialized farmers. iv) In addition to weather and pests, plant-ing area, terrain conditions, operating attitude, and labour shortage also affect the loss. These findings are valuable to understand how the loss occurs and the differences between specialized and part-time farmers, which will help develop targeted interventions to reduce the loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalAgricultural Economics (Czech Republic)
Volume66
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Food loss
  • Mechanical harvesting
  • Outsourcing service
  • Part-time farming
  • Professional farmer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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