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Agricultural Land use Pattern - Von Thunen Model

Agricultural Land use Pattern - Von Thunen Model

Introduction • Von Thunen Model • Explain the agricultural landuse at a given location

Introduction • Von Thunen Model • Explain the agricultural landuse at a given location • Put the emphasis on economic factors rather than treat physical factors as the main forces • Distance from market

Aim of Von Thunen Model • Showing how and why agricultural landuse varies with

Aim of Von Thunen Model • Showing how and why agricultural landuse varies with the distance from the market • Economic rent net return from a unit of land

A. Assumptions of the model A. Explicit assumptions B. Implicit assumptions

A. Assumptions of the model A. Explicit assumptions B. Implicit assumptions

A. Explicit assumptions • 1. An isolated state • 2. Centrally located market •

A. Explicit assumptions • 1. An isolated state • 2. Centrally located market • the sole urban market • 3. Isotropic plain • production and transport costs were the same everywhere • 4. Uniform transportation and transport costs • Only one form of transport (Wagon) • Increase distance, increase transport cost • 5. Farmers are economic men and aim at maximizing profits • 6. Same market price

B. Implicit assumptions • 1. Land use competition under a capitalistic economy • 2.

B. Implicit assumptions • 1. Land use competition under a capitalistic economy • 2. Economic rent is the determining factor • 3. Productivity could be raised • 4. Steepness of an economic rent curves are governed by the degree of perishability of farm produce and the relative ease of transporting

B. Implicit assumptions • • 5. Growing of temperate area crops 6. No catastrophic

B. Implicit assumptions • • 5. Growing of temperate area crops 6. No catastrophic event 7. No chance factor 8. All parties are price-takers under perfect competition

Why did Von Thunen establish so many assumptions? • Simplify the complex reality

Why did Von Thunen establish so many assumptions? • Simplify the complex reality

B. Concepts of the models A. Economic Rent B. Distance decay mechanism

B. Concepts of the models A. Economic Rent B. Distance decay mechanism

A. Economic rent • • Net return Highest bid rent ability Displace all others

A. Economic rent • • Net return Highest bid rent ability Displace all others Exercise

A. Economic rent • Net return • = 1. Market price – 2. Production

A. Economic rent • Net return • = 1. Market price – 2. Production cost – 3. Transport cost • 1. Farmers got the same price (revenue) for their crops • 2. Production cost = constant • 3. Transport cost increase with distance • = Net return decreases with increasing distance from the market

Formula for locational rent • EXERCISE!!!

Formula for locational rent • EXERCISE!!!

Economic rent --- Conclusion • Different crops have different location rent distribution patterns (bit

Economic rent --- Conclusion • Different crops have different location rent distribution patterns (bit rent curves) • Different crops compete with each other’s farmland • Concentric land use pattern was formed

B. Distance decay mechanism • Locational rent decreasing with increasing distance from market

B. Distance decay mechanism • Locational rent decreasing with increasing distance from market

Describe how the net profit from wheat growing varies with distance from the urban

Describe how the net profit from wheat growing varies with distance from the urban market. • Net return decreases with increasing distance from market • At the market, transport cost contributes nothing to total cost. As there is no transport cost incurred, net return at market • = market price – production cost • = $40 - $10 • = $30

 • At point 180 km from the market, net return = $0, farmers

• At point 180 km from the market, net return = $0, farmers would not produce because there is no incentive. • Beyond point 180 km from market, a loss will be incurred in producing any crops. Thus, farmers would not produce any crops.

Economic Rent + Distance Decay Mechanism Examination Practice

Economic Rent + Distance Decay Mechanism Examination Practice

Starting point = number of unit x (market price – production cost) (NO TRANSPORT

Starting point = number of unit x (market price – production cost) (NO TRANSPORT COST) Ending point = The distance that market price = transport cost

Locational rent per unit: Market price – production cost 12 – 3. 5 =

Locational rent per unit: Market price – production cost 12 – 3. 5 = 8. 5 Transport cost per unit $7 / 35 km = $8. 5 / ? km

Starting point = number of unit x (market price – production cost) (NO TRANSPORT

Starting point = number of unit x (market price – production cost) (NO TRANSPORT COST) Ending point = The distance that market price = transport cost

C. Von Thunen Model

C. Von Thunen Model

Theory of the model • A. Intensity Theory • Land use intensity declines with

Theory of the model • A. Intensity Theory • Land use intensity declines with distance from the market. • More intensive farming activities tend to locate near the market. • Less intensive farming activities tend to locate far away from the market.

 • B. Crop Theory • Crops with the highest economic rent will be

• B. Crop Theory • Crops with the highest economic rent will be grown. This concept applies to any location.

The landuse pattern

The landuse pattern

1. Free cash cropping (Market Gardening) • Horticulture (vegetables and fruit) and dairying •

1. Free cash cropping (Market Gardening) • Horticulture (vegetables and fruit) and dairying • Perishable as close as possible to market – Low speed of transport – No refrigeration – Require milk and vegetable in city + price are higher economic rent • Intensive labour input, multi-cropping, heavy fertilizing • Horse provide motive power

2. Forestry (firewood) • Great demand of wood • Bulky (heavy and big) •

2. Forestry (firewood) • Great demand of wood • Bulky (heavy and big) • High transport cost = economic rent decrease fast with increase of distance

3. Crop Alternation System (Sixyear crop rotation) • Crop without fallowing • 6 -year

3. Crop Alternation System (Sixyear crop rotation) • Crop without fallowing • 6 -year crop rotation • 2 years of rye (黑麥)+ 1 year potato + 1 year barley (大麥)+ 1 year clover (三葉草)+ 1 year vetch (巢菜) • Soil conserved by rotation

4. Improved System (Seven-year crop rotation) • Zone of farming, fallow and pasture •

4. Improved System (Seven-year crop rotation) • Zone of farming, fallow and pasture • Less intensive • 7 -year crop rotation – – – Rye = 1/7 Barley = 1/7 Oats = 1/7 Pasture = 3/7 Fallow = 1/7 • Prodcut: rye, butter, cheese live animals

5. Three-field system • • 1/3 pasture 1/3 field crop 1/3 fallow Rotation

5. Three-field system • • 1/3 pasture 1/3 field crop 1/3 fallow Rotation

6. Stock Farming • 400 km away • Extensive grazing activities

6. Stock Farming • 400 km away • Extensive grazing activities

D. The modified patterns of the Von Thunen Model

D. The modified patterns of the Von Thunen Model

In 1826, Von Thunen noted the followings: • 1. Production costs are nothing simple

In 1826, Von Thunen noted the followings: • 1. Production costs are nothing simple • 2. There is no large town that does not lie on a navigable river or canal • 3. Competing markets • 4. Different places possess different physical factors • 5. Farmers do not maximize profits

The modified patterns • 1. Additional of a navigable river – Navigable river with

The modified patterns • 1. Additional of a navigable river – Navigable river with lower transport cost

 • 2. A new railway connecting the city and its fringe area –

• 2. A new railway connecting the city and its fringe area – 2 or more kinds of transports – The actual cost = distance traveled by each method – Not physical distance, but economic distance

 • 3. Presence of a subsidiary town as a second market

• 3. Presence of a subsidiary town as a second market

 • 4. Localized fertile soil or localized infertile soil/ hilly terrain

• 4. Localized fertile soil or localized infertile soil/ hilly terrain

 • 5. Variation in farmers’ amount of information and their abilities to use

• 5. Variation in farmers’ amount of information and their abilities to use the information

 • 6. Famers have their own preference for crops

• 6. Famers have their own preference for crops

E. The influence of changes on land use pattern

E. The influence of changes on land use pattern

Market cost and Production cost

Market cost and Production cost

Market cost and Production cost • 1. Increase in market price and decrease in

Market cost and Production cost • 1. Increase in market price and decrease in production cost lead to an increase in profits expansion of extensive margin • 2. Decrease in market cost and increase in production cost lead to an decrease in profits contraction of extensive margin

Transport cost

Transport cost

Transport cost • 3. Transport cost has little effect on farms located near the

Transport cost • 3. Transport cost has little effect on farms located near the market • 4. Increase in transport cost • contraction of the concentric ring because farms near the extensive margin become unprofitable • 5. Decrease in transport cost • extensive margin expand

Summary table of the effects of change in market price, production cost and transport

Summary table of the effects of change in market price, production cost and transport cost Market price increase decrease Production costs decrease increase Transport costs decrease increase Results: Profit levels increase Profit levels decrease Extensive margin expands contracts

F. Merits and Demerits of the model

F. Merits and Demerits of the model

Merits A. show the importance of economic factors B. show does distance affect intensity

Merits A. show the importance of economic factors B. show does distance affect intensity C. showed the change of agricultural land use pattern (by transport cost) D. first theory to show the spatial distribution of agricultural activities

Demerits • A. The assumption that there is the existence of an isolated state

Demerits • A. The assumption that there is the existence of an isolated state or a closed economy is unrealistic in general. • B. Ignoring changeover time • C. Emergence of specialized regions characterized by a particular type of agricultural land use

Demerits • D. In the real world farmers are satisfiers instead of economic men

Demerits • D. In the real world farmers are satisfiers instead of economic men • E. Cooperative production could be found • F. Neglecting the government policy

Demerits • G. Freight rate in reality is not directly proportional to distance but

Demerits • G. Freight rate in reality is not directly proportional to distance but is step-shaped or being divided into different freight rate zones.

Conclusion • Merits succeed in pointing out the transport cost and distance from the

Conclusion • Merits succeed in pointing out the transport cost and distance from the market constitute effect on the location of farming activities • Demerits neglected the impact of urbanization on intensity of farming

2. Sinclair Theory A. Introduction

2. Sinclair Theory A. Introduction

Sinclair Theory - Introduction Von Thunen’s theory Sinclair Theory Primary force determining the pattern

Sinclair Theory - Introduction Von Thunen’s theory Sinclair Theory Primary force determining the pattern : transport costs Primary force determining the pattern : Urbanization/Urban expansion intensity decrease with distance Intensity increase with distance Static city with set boundaries City expand quickly

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • In LDC – Transport cost zoning – Intensity decrease

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • In LDC – Transport cost zoning – Intensity decrease with distance • In MDC – technology – human organization – living habits

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • Transport costs are not directly proportional to distance and

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • Transport costs are not directly proportional to distance and bulk – refrigeration – air-conditioning techniques – perishable commodities • Modern organization – – large scale production mass transportation look for markets that are far away not single market, but national market • Competition from other land use

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • Industrialized nations urban expansion, population growth • Urban expansion

Sinclair Theory - Introduction • Industrialized nations urban expansion, population growth • Urban expansion farming land use – Intensity increase with distance • Sinclair's theory explains the agricultural pattern near modern urban areas

A. Assumptions of the Model The Sinclair Model

A. Assumptions of the Model The Sinclair Model

Explicit Assumptions • • • 1. A uniform plain 2. Farmers are economic men

Explicit Assumptions • • • 1. A uniform plain 2. Farmers are economic men 3. Around and expanding city i. e. Dynamic force 4. Land use pattern is influenced by city’s price mechanism • i. e. Urban land value>agricultural land value

Implicit Assumptions • 1. The value of agriculture is affected by urban expansion and

Implicit Assumptions • 1. The value of agriculture is affected by urban expansion and suburbanization • i. e. Population growth →Demand increase →Market price of crops increase • • 2. Urban and rural land price difference is the main factor affecting rural land use • i. e. Urban land is much more valuable than rural land, it can provide the highest economic rent to the farmers.

Implicit Assumptions • 3. When the rural land locate near a modern urbanized area,

Implicit Assumptions • 3. When the rural land locate near a modern urbanized area, it is anticipated that future land price will increase due to urbanization • 4. Land use competition exists between rural and urban areas • The types of crops that possess the highest return will displace other land uses.

B. Concepts of the Model The Sinclair Model

B. Concepts of the Model The Sinclair Model

(1) How does the agricultural value change in these two models? • In figure

(1) How does the agricultural value change in these two models? • In figure A • the agricultural value decrease with increasing distance from the urban center • In figure B • The agricultural value increases with increasing distance form the market and it becomes stabilized afterwards

(2) What are the reasons for such changes? • In figure A, the Von

(2) What are the reasons for such changes? • In figure A, the Von thunen model applies. • agricultural land use pattern depends upon the competition among various types of landuse of a particular piece of land. • Economic rent is the controlling factor which is the difference between the total income received by a farmer for a crop grown on a piece of land the total cost of production plus transport cost of that crop. • Economic rent from any one landuse can be expressed as a function of distance from the market. • The intensity of production of a particular crop will decline with the distance from the market.

 • In figure B, the Sinclair model can be applied • which shows

• In figure B, the Sinclair model can be applied • which shows the intensity of production increases with increasing distance from the city center. • Urban expansion with population growth affects the value of agriculture. Urban land is more valuable than rural land is able to give the higher bid. Therefore, the agricultural land near the market displaced for urban landuse. • Land further away from the market/ C. B. D. is lower in value and is used for farm production.

(3) According to Sinclair’s idea, describe the agricultural value of regions O-M, M-N, and

(3) According to Sinclair’s idea, describe the agricultural value of regions O-M, M-N, and N onward. • Highest in regions N onward and lowest at city center • Urban land use which is more valuable tends to occupy the market area.

(4) How would such changes in agricultural value (in both models) affect agricultural land

(4) How would such changes in agricultural value (in both models) affect agricultural land uses? • Ring like pattern is resulted in both figure, however, • In figure A, farming intensity decrease with increasing distance • In figure B, farming intensity increases with increasing distance

A. Different urban and rural land prices • Urban land is much more valuable

A. Different urban and rural land prices • Urban land is much more valuable than agricultural land • Competition between urban land use and rural land use • Urban land use displace rural land use • Anticipating urbanization • it is expected that developers and speculators will purchase the land with high price in future • farmers hold the land in rather than having any farming activities

B. Anticipation of urban encroachment is the main determinant in agricultural land use pattern

B. Anticipation of urban encroachment is the main determinant in agricultural land use pattern • For the area that is going to be urbanized, • farmers are unwilling to put long-term investment on the farmland • zone of temporary vacant & grazing is resulted • Around an expanding city center, agricultural value increases with increasing distance up to a certain distance where the anticipation of urbanization ceases. • It remains static afterwards.

C. Intensity of agricultural land use and distance is positively correlated • Anticipation of

C. Intensity of agricultural land use and distance is positively correlated • Anticipation of urbanization increases • absolute value of the land increases • relative value for agricultural utilization decreases • As a result, intensity of agricultural land use decreases towards the city

Consolidation exercise Notes P. 11

Consolidation exercise Notes P. 11

C. The Sinclair model

C. The Sinclair model

Sinclair Theory – The model • Intensity increase with distance • Distance and agriculture

Sinclair Theory – The model • Intensity increase with distance • Distance and agriculture land use value are in positive relationship

Sinclair Theory – The model

Sinclair Theory – The model

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 1 (Urban Farming) – Land • changing

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 1 (Urban Farming) – Land • changing to urban use • Subdivided • Held by speculators – Small production and scattered – Using of greenhouse – Farm factories Take place in building / multi-storey buildings

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 2 (Vacant & Grazing – Temporary) –

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 2 (Vacant & Grazing – Temporary) – – vacant land of temporary grazing land sell to speculators Short -term grazing Short-lived and extensive

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 3 (Field Crop & Grazing – Transitory)

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 3 (Field Crop & Grazing – Transitory) – – – – field crop and grazing zone transitional agriculture with urban anticipation in future do not wish to invest Expensive labour Labour have better pay in city extensive farming

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 4 (Dairying & Field Crop) – dairying

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 4 (Dairying & Field Crop) – dairying and field crops – outside the price mechanism of the city in terms of landuse • i. e. not affected by the city – major part of fresh milkshed of the metropolitan area

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 5 (Specialized Feed-grain Livestock) – specialized fee-grain

Sinclair Theory – The model • Zone 5 (Specialized Feed-grain Livestock) – specialized fee-grain livestock • E. g. the Corn Belt – not under the direct influence of the metropolitan – Serve and be affected by national market

D. Modification of the Model The Sinclair Model

D. Modification of the Model The Sinclair Model

Modification of the model • 1. Urban sprawl/Urban development is chaotic • • e.

Modification of the model • 1. Urban sprawl/Urban development is chaotic • • e. g. Urban sprawl develops along transport network Two cities may joint together with the above development Affect the ring pattern Inner zone VS outer zone • Elimination of zones within the pattern (particularly the outer zones) • 2. Government policy land use pattern – E. g. new towns development in HK

Role of government affecting agricultural pattern • 1. Secure a home-grown supply of food

Role of government affecting agricultural pattern • 1. Secure a home-grown supply of food in time of war • e. g. Closed door policy in China during the period of Korean War • 2. Provide land to the landless farmers • e. g. land reform, reclamation of marginal lands, waste lands and desert lands • 3. Builds transport networks to link up farmlands and markets • 4. Improve technology to reduce limitation of the physical environment on farming to increase production • e. g. irrigation project in California, introduction of miracle rice in China

Modification of the model

Modification of the model

E. Application of the Model The Sinclair Model

E. Application of the Model The Sinclair Model

Application in Hong Kong

Application in Hong Kong

Application in Hong Kong

Application in Hong Kong

1. Describe the changes in the agricultural zones between 1970 and 1980. • •

1. Describe the changes in the agricultural zones between 1970 and 1980. • • • Expansion of market Area of abandoned land increased Area of fish ponds increased Expansion of market garden crop Contraction of fresh water paddy Disappearance of brackish paddy

2. How did quick urbanization after 1970 affect such changes? • Expansion of market

2. How did quick urbanization after 1970 affect such changes? • Expansion of market • • Anticipation of urbanization Urban land use has a higher land value Agricultural value decreases Area of abandoned land increased around market • Contraction of fresh water paddy (subsistence farming)

3. Is the Sinclair’s model applicable here? • 1. Abandoned land around the market

3. Is the Sinclair’s model applicable here? • 1. Abandoned land around the market • Anticipation of urbanization • 2. Urbanization has induced the conversion of most paddy fields in subsistence farms into commercial garden farms • Higher intensity near the market

Conclusion • Generally speaking, the pattern conforms in a broad sense to the prediction

Conclusion • Generally speaking, the pattern conforms in a broad sense to the prediction of Von Thunen’s model but modifications by Sinclair is also applicable to the case of Hong Kong. • Government policy • Physical factors i. e. relief, availability of water • also play important role in affecting agricultural pattern in HK

Comparison of the Von Thunen Model and the Sinclair Model

Comparison of the Von Thunen Model and the Sinclair Model

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (A) Main Principle Sinclair Model (a dynamic model)

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (A) Main Principle Sinclair Model (a dynamic model) - Transport cost proportional - Anticipation of urban to distance from market encroachment - Base on economic rent - Base on agriculture value - Intensity decrease with - Intensity increase with increasing distance from market metropolitan area (B)Assumptio -One market ns/condition -Uniform pattern -Economic man -Perfect competition -Backward transport -Isolated state -World-wide market -Uniform plain -Economic man -Advanced and improved transport and technology -Change of dietary habit for more fresh, expensive and exotic food -Mass production and transportation -Urbanization and expansion of metropolitan area

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (C) Cropping zone 1: Horticulture pattern zone 2:

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (C) Cropping zone 1: Horticulture pattern zone 2: Wood zone 3: 6 -year rotation zone 4: 7 -year rotation zone 5: 3 -field system zone 6: stock farming (D) Production Methods Sinclair Model (a dynamic model) Urban farming Vacant and grazing Field crop and grazing Dairying and field crop Specialized feed grain livestock Production intensity decreases Production intensity increases with increasing distance from the market metropolitan area uo to a certain point

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (E) Key Concepts Sinclair Model (a dynamic model)

Von Thunen Model (a static model) (E) Key Concepts Sinclair Model (a dynamic model) - Locational/ economic rent - Competition of land for urban - Distance decay relationship uses - Value of agricultural landuse - Locational rent for urban and agricultural uses - Distance increase relationship (F) Modifications - Small town as another market Navigable river Zones of fertile land Farmer’s preference Government etc - Chaotic urban sprawl/ may eliminate the utter zone of agricultural activities - Government

(G) Application Von Thunen Model (a static model) Sinclair Model (a dynamic model) Real

(G) Application Von Thunen Model (a static model) Sinclair Model (a dynamic model) Real world examples: -Intensity of agriculture in Western Europe -still applies in underdeveloped parts of the world Real world examples: -Metropolitan areas of US midwest -applies to industralized society Difficulties: -Oversimplified -Outdated -Fail to recognise the role of government -Fail to include behavior factors -Applicability in Hong Kong Difficulties: -Oversimplication of assumptions -Pattern of urban sprawl -Dynamic nature of agricultural landuse -Government policy -Applicability in Hong Kong

Impacts of urbanization and industrialization on the farming pattern

Impacts of urbanization and industrialization on the farming pattern

Industralization • Process by which manufacturing industries develop from within a predominantly agrarian society

Industralization • Process by which manufacturing industries develop from within a predominantly agrarian society • Application of scientific methods to solving problems • Accompanied by social and economic changes such as increase in birth rate, rise in per capita GNP

Urbanization • Migration of rural population into towns and cities • An increasing proportion

Urbanization • Migration of rural population into towns and cities • An increasing proportion of the world’s population resides in towns • Indicates a change of employment structure from agriculture to mass production and service industries • Industralization Leads to Urbanization!!!

(A) Alteration of farming Production • Traditional farming methods (subsistence) modern farming methods (commercial)

(A) Alteration of farming Production • Traditional farming methods (subsistence) modern farming methods (commercial) • Positive impacts: increase output, solve food problem • Negative impacts: disrupt ecosystem, pollution • Increase in total crop yield and variety/ Low production cost • Positive impacts: increase total yield, diversification of crops, stable income, improve living standard • Negative impacts: health impact

(B) Alteration in rural land uses • Change in general land use pattern •

(B) Alteration in rural land uses • Change in general land use pattern • Farmlands change to urban uses e. g. commercial, industrial, residential, transportation etc. • Positive impacts: economic development • Negative impacts: lost of potential farmland

 • Change in agricultural land use pattern • Area of market gardening, fish

• Change in agricultural land use pattern • Area of market gardening, fish ponds increase • Positive impacts: diversification of crops, stable income • Negative impacts: decrease production in traditional crops e. g. paddy rice • Increase abandoned land • Farmlands are being held for speculative purpose due to the anticipation of urbanization • Positive impacts: None • Negative impacts: lands cannot be fully utilized, waste of resources

 • (C) Alteration in the structure of rural population • Rural-urban migration •

• (C) Alteration in the structure of rural population • Rural-urban migration • People move from rural to urban due to the higher living standard and more job opportunities found in the urban area • Positive impacts: None • Negative impacts: Increase the number of economic inactive groups in the rural area, unbalanced sexual ratio

 • Urban-rural migration • People move from urban to rural due to the

• Urban-rural migration • People move from urban to rural due to the availability of flatland pollution-free environments • Positive impacts: problem of urban congestion could be solved • Negative impacts: increase rural population, increase landuse competition

Case study: Hong Kong Alteration of rural landuses • Mainland China was liberated in

Case study: Hong Kong Alteration of rural landuses • Mainland China was liberated in 1949 Influx of refugees • Accelerates Hong Kong’s population growth • New towns established E. g. Tsuen Wan, Shatin, Tuen Mun RESULTS: • Construction of towns and roads leads to a great loss of arable land • Farm abandonment • Rural decay • E. g. rural labour force in Sai Kung North is shrinking

Alteration in the structure of rural population • Farmers lay the land in fallow

Alteration in the structure of rural population • Farmers lay the land in fallow on purpose of hoping to gain better return • Better job opportunities attracts young rural population • Rural-Urban migration RESULTS: • Labour shortage in the rural area • Aging of rural population • Increase the dependency ratio

 • Alteration in farming production • Increase in urban population • Increase demand

• Alteration in farming production • Increase in urban population • Increase demand of certain kinds of farm products e. g. fish, fresh vegetables and flowers RESULTS: • From rice field and pig raising to market gardening and fish ponds

 • Newspaper Article---SAR Pig farms in mainland sought to stabilize supply (standard) 07/07

• Newspaper Article---SAR Pig farms in mainland sought to stabilize supply (standard) 07/07 sat • A lawmaker and some pig farmers have urged the government to help Hong Kong farmers establish farms in the mainland to ensure the city gets a steady supply pork at stable prices. • Proposal: designating a special area in the mainland for Hong Kong pig farmers operations • 90% of farmers have surrendered their licenses, and 249 of the 265 registered local pig farms have been closed.

Another example: HKAL 2003, Paper 2, #6 • With reference to one of the

Another example: HKAL 2003, Paper 2, #6 • With reference to one of the farming regions in China, discuss the effect of market forces on agriculture in the last two decades. As a result of the Go West Policy, what would the impact of rural industrialization be on agriculture in western China?

 • With Go West Policy, more resources are used for developing interior provinces

• With Go West Policy, more resources are used for developing interior provinces of China such as Gansu Province • Positive impacts: – Farm labours shift to rural industries. Solve the problem of low production – Development of industries such as food processing industries create demand for farm products – Income from rural industries may be invested in farms and promote farm modernization • Negative impacts: – Labour shortage – Loss of arable land due to dramatic development of industries – Pollutions affect water for irrigation; soil degradation from water and land pollution reduces farm productivity

Impact of Globalization on farming

Impact of Globalization on farming

Discussion • • Positive impacts Negative impacts Possible remedies Effectiveness

Discussion • • Positive impacts Negative impacts Possible remedies Effectiveness

Positive impacts • 1. Allow trading among countries • 2. Countries could practice specialized

Positive impacts • 1. Allow trading among countries • 2. Countries could practice specialized farming according to their comparative advantage • 3. Improving farm efficiency by advanced technology

Negative impacts • 1. Promotion of farm commercialization • Rely heavily on biotechnology •

Negative impacts • 1. Promotion of farm commercialization • Rely heavily on biotechnology • 2. Elimination of small-scale farms in LDCs by farm specialization in MDCs • Trading of farm products among countries is needed • 3. Impact on natural ecosystem • 4. Affect the local people’s livelihood • Small scale farms would be exploited by transnationals • Lower farm wages in LDCs because Local agricultural products are less competitive

Possible remedies • • • 1. Provide subsidies 2. Improve infrastructure 3. Reduce taxes

Possible remedies • • • 1. Provide subsidies 2. Improve infrastructure 3. Reduce taxes 4. Develop collective farms 5. Provide technological assistance 6. Provide assistance

Effectiveness • • Measures not effective in LDCs poor government farmers are having low

Effectiveness • • Measures not effective in LDCs poor government farmers are having low educational level Lack of market awareness badly-skilled Reluctant to make changes Lack of capital

Farm Technology

Farm Technology

Green Revolution • Improvement in farming methods due to technological improvement

Green Revolution • Improvement in farming methods due to technological improvement

Farm technology • • • 1. Mechanization 2. Application of agro-chemicals 3. Irrigation 4.

Farm technology • • • 1. Mechanization 2. Application of agro-chemicals 3. Irrigation 4. Drainage 5. Greenhouse farming 6. GM crops 7. Global positioning system (GPS) 8. Geographic information system (GIS) 9. Satellite/Aerial photo

1. Mechanization

1. Mechanization

Farm mechanization • Processes that can be mechanized due to advancement of farming technology

Farm mechanization • Processes that can be mechanized due to advancement of farming technology – substitution for man power – increasing agricultural productivity – extending agriculture to marginal land

Machines for cultivation, harvesting and processing of crops • Examples ONLY! (DO NOT COPY!!!)

Machines for cultivation, harvesting and processing of crops • Examples ONLY! (DO NOT COPY!!!) • • Ploughing machines and tractors Sowing machines Transplanting machines Electricity operated pumps to draw water from nearby rivers e. g. plain of East China Sprinkler Helicopters broadcasting seeds systems/ watering crops Spraying machines Fertilization of soils Combine harvesters Harvesting crops Conveyer belts Selection of fruits for sale Trains and trunks Transport crops • • •

Machines for rearing animals and harvesting animal products • Examples ONLY! (DO NOT COPY!!!)

Machines for rearing animals and harvesting animal products • Examples ONLY! (DO NOT COPY!!!) • • • Air conditioning lower the temperature in summers Heaters raise the temperature in winters Pipes, tapes and electric pumps provides drinking water for animals Electric shearers wool cutting Milking machines and refrigerated tankers keeping the milk fresh Lorries with refrigeration facilities transporting highly perishable products to nearby urban markets e. g. milk tankers • • •

Effects of farming mechanization • Farm size • enlarged and made less fragmented •

Effects of farming mechanization • Farm size • enlarged and made less fragmented • Farmland opening of some marginal lands for cultivation • Higher efficiency of each worker quicken farming operation, more cropping in a year and farm yield and profits also increases • • Rural-urban migration rapid rural-urban migration/ depopulation in rural are Supply of workers solve the problem of labour shortage in MDCs Higher productivity and quality of products Lower cost of production cheaper in long term

Problems of farm mechanization • Unemployment • Machine management • Deterioration of machines due

Problems of farm mechanization • Unemployment • Machine management • Deterioration of machines due to lack of maintenance • Inappropriate use of machine • Uneven mechanization • High initial cost of farm machines • Poor farmers in LDCs

2. Application of agrochemicals

2. Application of agrochemicals

What is agro-chemicals? • • Fertilizers Pesticides Insecticides Herbicides

What is agro-chemicals? • • Fertilizers Pesticides Insecticides Herbicides

Why use agro-chemicals? • 1. Control insects which eat food crops • 2. Suppress

Why use agro-chemicals? • 1. Control insects which eat food crops • 2. Suppress weeds which complete with crops • 3. Increase both quantity and quality of food crops • Improve quality: improve human health • Improve quantity: solve the world food problem

Use of pesticides = “Intensification” of farmland • Enable greater food production • without

Use of pesticides = “Intensification” of farmland • Enable greater food production • without the expansion of agricultural land • Increase farm inputs on a given area of farmland

Problems with pesticides • • Destroy natural and semi-natural habitats Pesticides are toxic Harmful

Problems with pesticides • • Destroy natural and semi-natural habitats Pesticides are toxic Harmful to human health and wildlife Effects on target pests and non-target species e. g. Affect beneficial organisms like honey bees Contamination of water source Contamination of food chains Affecting drinking water supply

Strategies for tackling the problems • Develop target-specific pesticides • Control losses to water

Strategies for tackling the problems • Develop target-specific pesticides • Control losses to water • Enforce adequate handling and application procedures • Organic farming

6. GM crops For and Against GM crops

6. GM crops For and Against GM crops

7. Global positioning system (GPS) 8. Geographic information system (GIS)

7. Global positioning system (GPS) 8. Geographic information system (GIS)

Why use GIS and GPS? • Collect, store view and analyze vast amount of

Why use GIS and GPS? • Collect, store view and analyze vast amount of data • Allow better farm management • Improving soil conservation practice • Improving efficiency • e. g. precise application of chemicals and fertilizers • e. g. precise application of irrigation water • Over-application and Over irrigation could be avoided

Bio-fuels • Alternative energy resource • Ethanol extracted from corn and sugarcane • Discussion

Bio-fuels • Alternative energy resource • Ethanol extracted from corn and sugarcane • Discussion • • • 1. Advantages? 2. Disadvantages? 3. What are the reasons for the increasing price for agricultural products?

Bio-fuels • • Advantages: alleviating Global warming Clean Renewable Environmentally friendly Clean/ Non-toxic Less

Bio-fuels • • Advantages: alleviating Global warming Clean Renewable Environmentally friendly Clean/ Non-toxic Less carbon dioxide and sulphur emission Easy to handle

 • Disadvantages: • bid up the price for food such as corn, sugarcane

• Disadvantages: • bid up the price for food such as corn, sugarcane as demand increase • the poor cannot afford • leading to the occurrence of famine in less developed countries • unpredictable environmental consequence • Still release a certain amount of greenhouse gases

Reasons for the increasing price for agricultural products • 1. Increase in demand •

Reasons for the increasing price for agricultural products • 1. Increase in demand • population growth • 2. Agricultural land use decrease • urbanization • in producing bio-fuels, land is specially designed for growing crops

Further information…… • 7 April 2008 • Time Magazine • Cover story

Further information…… • 7 April 2008 • Time Magazine • Cover story

 • In recent years, there have been significant changes in oil price. As

• In recent years, there have been significant changes in oil price. As a result, more farmers are involved in the development of alternative energy resources such as biofuels. • How may the changing oil price in recent years affect the global crop production? To what extent is the increasing oil price a factor leading to the occurrence of famine in less developed countries? Suggest measures that can be carried out by governments to regulate the production of biofuels. Illustrated your answer with appropriate examples.

Preconditions and difficulties in adopting advanced technology

Preconditions and difficulties in adopting advanced technology

Difficulties concerned with the application of technology in farming • Poor subsistence farmers cannot

Difficulties concerned with the application of technology in farming • Poor subsistence farmers cannot afford very costly inputs • Low educational level Resistance to innovation • Small and fragmented farms Hinder the adoption of machines • Lack of communication with the outside world

Essay question 2006#7 • Advanced farming technology such as remote sensing, soil sampling and

Essay question 2006#7 • Advanced farming technology such as remote sensing, soil sampling and information management can help optimize agricultural production. Farmers will therefore be able to recognize differences in the field and to apply correct quantities of inputs in the right place at the right time. • What are the ecological and economic advantages of using this advanced farming technology? Explain the conditions needed for the adoption of this technology. To what extent is such technology applicable in China?

Section A – Natural Landscape A 1– Climatic System a. b. c. d. A

Section A – Natural Landscape A 1– Climatic System a. b. c. d. A 2 – Landform System a. Plate tectonics b. Drainage system A 3 – Biotic System a. Ecosystem b. Soils c. Vegetation A 4 – Man-environment relationship a. Tropical rainforest environment b. Tropical desert environment Energy budget Atmospheric moisture Atmospheric circulation Climatic variation B. Agricultural Landscape B 1 – Farming systems a. Farming as an ecological system b. Farming as an economic system B 2 – Spatial patterns a. Von Thunen model/concepts b. Sinclair model/concepts B 3 – Impacts of urbanization and industrialization on farming

Exam • Paper 1 Map Reading 1/1 Section B 3/5 Section C 1/2 Total

Exam • Paper 1 Map Reading 1/1 Section B 3/5 Section C 1/2 Total 5/9

Map Reading • • • Sketch map Transect Cross section Gradient Locational advantages Average

Map Reading • • • Sketch map Transect Cross section Gradient Locational advantages Average bifurcation ration

 • Paper 2 Section A 3/6 Section B 1/2 Total 4/8

• Paper 2 Section A 3/6 Section B 1/2 Total 4/8