Causes and consequences of power tiller utilization in two areas of Bangladesh

Causes and consequences of power tiller utilization were examined using data collected from 63 tiller owners and 56 nonowners. Timely and quick cultivation, difficulty in managing large numbers of animals, low cost and better quality tillage, and animal shortage were the main reasons for purchasing tillers. Costs were low because of distortions in the prices of tillers and fuel. Unavailability of spare parts and lack of repair facilities were major problems. Tiller use increased size of cultivated holding, decreased regular labor, evicted tenants, changed tenure status, increased cropping intensity, and increased machine orientation of farmers. The findings indicated that mechanization of tillage would greatly benefit rich farmers at the expense of small and marginal ones.

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