Financial viability and acceptability of specific packages of dairy production and marketing innovations in Wedza, Zimbabwe

Low viability indicators and high operating ratios indicated poor viability in the smallholder sector, with the exception of rich farmers. Variations in gross margins were associated with heterogeneity of farmers in resource endowments, allocation of resources and management. It was also shown by positive the relationship between returns per cow with the number of milking cows owned by farmers. Improved technologies also had positive effects on gross margins. Family labour and feed costs were the major expenses; hence the use of cost feeding strategies could potentially improve viability.
Les indicateurs de faible viabilité et des ratios d’exploitation élevés indiquent une faible viabilité dans le secteur des petits exploitants, à l’exception des riches fermiers. Les variations dans les marges brutes ont été associées à l’hétérogénéité des agriculteurs dans les dotations en ressources, l’allocation des ressources et la gestion. Il a également été montré par la positive relation entre les rendements par vache avec le nombre de vaches laitières détenues par des agriculteurs. L’amélioration des technologies a également eu des effets positifs sur les marges brutes. La main-d’œuvre familiale et les coûts des aliments ont été les dépenses importantes, d’où l’utilisation de stratégies d’alimentation des coûts pourraient améliorer la viabilité.
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