Usage of Tractors and Field Machinery in Agriculture in Oman

D. B Ampratwum, A. S. S. Dorvlo, L. U Opara


Heavy inputs of tractors and field machinery to promote mechanization in the
Sultanate of Oman started in the mid-1970s. The provision of tractors and
associated machinery has been reviewed, the current state of power and
machinery usage has been determined and the future needs of tractors have
been assessed.
Results obtained showed that between 1976 and 2002 the Government of
Oman distributed 1803 double axle tractors to farmers at 50% subsidized price.
Small pedestrian tractors totaling 908 were distributed from 2000 to 2002.
Current usage of equipment as indicated by mechanization index and
power input are 75% and 1.10 kW/ha, respectively.
A regression equation has been developed linking total tractors distributed
to land area cultivated. It has been assessed that at least 916 double axle
tractors are needed after 2002 for cultivable land. This will raise the
mechanization index to 81%.

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