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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance

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Committee Chair(s)

Roice H. Anderson


Roice H. Anderson


Jay C. Andersen


Lynn H. Davis


E. Boyd Wennergren


The purpose of this study was to examine the production and marketing behavior of pineapple farmers in the Soesdyke/Linden Land Development Project in Guyana. A random sample was drawn from eight locations in the project and 51 personal interviews were conducted with pineapple farmers. Emphasis was placed on ascertaining the current levels and use of basic inputs in the production process as well as determining the profitability of pineapple production. The nature an extent of the infra-structure provided by government to the project were also examined. Attention was given to the work done on providing roads and transportation as well as government funding for the project. The resource endowments of the Soesdyke/Linden Region were described in relation to the production of pineapples form the Soesdyke/Linden Development (S.L.L.D.P.).

The outcome of the study showed that although pineapple production was still a profitable venture many resources were under utilized. There was a scope for employing better management and production techniques. The Infra-structure provided by government was incomplete. There was a lack of transportation facilities and a poor distribution system for pineapples, and operational and pricing efficiency were still to be attained in the processing sector of the marketing channel.



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