• PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF MECHANISATION
    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

    PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF MECHANISATION

    Farm mechanisation is the application of engineering principles and technology in agricultural production, storage and processing on the farm. Farm mechanisation is applicable to land preparation, planting, fertilizer application, weeding and crop harvesting, rearing, caring and feeding of animals as well as processing and storage of farm produce, using appropriate farm machinery.   PROBLEMS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION Land tenure system: The type of land tenure system (communual) does not allow for large farm holdings suitable for mechanisation. Scattered farm holdings: Scattered farm holdings are also not conducive or economical for mechanisation, especially in West Africa. Poverty of farmers: Most farmers, especially in West Africa are very poor and cannot afford…

  • PROBLEMS OF INDEPENDENT WEST AFRICAN STATES
    POLITICAL HISTORY

    PROBLEMS OF INDEPENDENT WEST AFRICAN STATES

    Most West African leaders were very optimistic about their countries’ future at independence. They hoped to transform their newly independent countries so that their citizens would enjoy the fruits of independence, as colonial rule had brought only few benefits to the majority of the people. And indeed, some started well. They formulated good policies for the social and economic development of their people. School enrollment, for example, increased substantially in the first decade of independence. The road network was expanded and hospitals and clinics were built. However, these impressive developments were soon overshadowed by many problems, some of which have still not been solved. We shall discuss below the major…

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