An extended Farm Site Development Method

  • Eugene Hanekom Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Andre Liebenberg Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Marné de Vries Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1715-0430
Keywords: method engineering, farm facilities planning, financial planning, optimisation, strategic planning

Abstract

The inefficient and ineffective use of arable land in South Africa is one of the numerous challenges within its agricultural sector. Previous research has indicated that a method, the Farm Site Development Method (FSDM), could increase the effective and efficient use of arable land by providing a roadmap to the farm owner for incrementally transforming the current state facilities and resources of a farm towards a future saturation state. The FSDM was then demonstrated at a crop-producing farm and several opportunities existed to extend its utility. Here we suggest its extension for application to a livestock farm, and also include optimisation techniques, demand planning and financial planning.

Significance: 
  • Extension of the Farm Site Development Method, and its demonstration at a livestock farm, for facilities and financial planning within the agricultural sector.
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Published
2016-09-28