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Labour versus mechanisation: cost effectiveness and management considerations for pome fruit growers in Victoria

A Sinnett, Robert Farquharson

62nd AARES Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society | Published : 2018

Abstract

Horticultural businesses producing high quality fruit for the fresh fruit market are substantial users of labour within Australian agricultural industries (Valle et al. (2017)). Further labour is a significant cost of orchard operations. At a time when there is concern about the quality and quantity of available labour, the use of a mobile platform can increase labour productivity on horticultural farms. Platforms are not new and have been a consideration for fruit growers since the 1970s. Fruit growers must decide on the mix of tools (ladders, power ladders or platforms) most suited to their business. Past research, in the United States, Europe and South Africa, has considered using a platf..

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