Farm Machinery Operating Costs in Oil Palm Plantations: An Evaluation of Repairs and Fuel Costs
Publication Date : 07/02/2018
Currently, there are only a few research literatures reported on the farm machinery costs in oil palm plantations. Therefore, this study was conducted to investigate the repairs and fuel costs of farm machinery with respect to the characteristics of oil palm plantation in Malaysia. The data for this study was collected through face to face interviews and surveys at several oil palm estates in Malaysia. The findings of this study have successfully elaborated the relationships between working hour with farm machinery repair costs, and types of main in-field operations with farm machinery fuel costs. Mathematical models for estimating cumulative repair and maintenance (CRM) costs and fuel costs for four (4) in-field operations have been successfully developed. In addition, sensitivity analysis on each mathematical models of fuel costs has also been carried out to determine the sensitivity of the fuel costs on variable changes.
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