The participation of Malaysian fresh fruit and vegetable farmers in contract farming

Man, Norsida and Mohd Nawi, Nolila (2010) The participation of Malaysian fresh fruit and vegetable farmers in contract farming. Journal of Agribusiness Marketing, 3 . pp. 76-85. ISSN 1985-3890

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Abstract

Contract Farming (CF) is seen as a means of fostering smallholder participation in new high-value product markets and improving quality standards, thus increasing and providing stability to smallholder incomes. This study aims to identify the factors related to CF as a new marketing practice among selected vegetable and fruit suppliers. The specific objectives are to identify factors influencing vegetable and fruit suppliers to engage in CF, and to suggest policy initiatives that promote CF sustainability. The factor analysis identified five factors that lead farmers in Peninsular Malaysia to participate in contract farming of fresh fruits and vegetables (FFV) in the context of the new supply chain namely market assurance, access to marketing information and technology, transfer of technology to improve farming practices, access to inputs and indirect benefit. The findings show that farmers are interested in CF because it helps them gain better knowledge in cultivation practices, get access to marketing information, market their produce and utilise farm resources. At the same time, CF or contract arrangements can be a valuable source of knowledge that can be employed to enhance their productivity.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Contract farming; Factor analysis; Fresh fruits and vegetables (FFV); Marketing practices, Influencing factors
Subject:Contracts, Agricultural - Malaysia
Subject:Agricultural credit - Malaysia
Subject:Farmers - Malaysia - Economic conditions
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Agriculture
Publisher:Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority
ID Code:17256
Deposited By: Norhazura Hamzah
Deposited On:22 May 2012 01:24
Last Modified:19 Oct 2012 00:52

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