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A STUDY ON THE RECIPROCITIES OF CAUSE AND EFFECT IN GHANAIAN AGRICULTURE ILLUSTRATED BY THE COBWEB MODEL

AN ANNUAL CYCLE AN ANALYSIS OF CHOICES ARRESTING THE CYCLE THE BASIS OF CESSATION THE REINS OF CONTROL ANOTHER VIEWPOINT SELECTIVE APPLICATION THE SUFFICIENCY APPROACH FLEXIBILITY WITHIN A SPECTRUM MODIFICATIONS OF CYCLICAL PROGRESSIONS

AN ANNUAL CYCLE
The cycle of expansion and contraction continues with repetitive predictability, the remedial recommendation as always: A policy ought to be devised to arrest this recurring manifestation of the omniprevalent Cobweb Model, at its most vulnerable point- the moment of cost/benefit decision the point at which the mass of smallholders, forecasting under the compulsion of surplus or scarcity, roll back or add on, acreage.

AN ANALYSIS OF CHOICES
The typical peasants investment decision, always bases on widening or narrowing the size of holding, so an extra dimension, that of innovative technology- itself another whole realm of variability (where output can be made to soar or dive at the farmers own volition)- which will introduce precise and rigorous regulation of supply, with market intervention scientifically exercised and directed in minute detail and as such stabilize the current wide swings.

ARRESTING THE CYCLE


With this, sometimes known as controlled harvests accessed, growth or shrinkage would be at the discretion of either farmers (unit) or policy-maker (aggregate), volumes will be made much more closely related to the quantities of factors of production employed (waste reduced), prescriptions of surges and ebbs made completely implementable (precision farming), and predictions of waxing or waning made accurately within stated limits.

THE BASIS OF CESSATION


So we come full circle, back to where we always start from- the role of the diverse stakeholders and array of available policy choices, in the achievement of the aims of curative production and/or storage technologies. A formerly nebulous region, this area of diagnosis and remedy has been microscopically dissected by the highest competencies at numerous fora, the distillate of their findings being that, basic infrastructure is of first essence- to wit, a swift departure from artisanal rain-fed farming irrigation and modernization indicated

THE REINS OF CONTROL


On this basis,a reliable interventionist mechanism can be crafted, assuring tailor-made harvests, fulfillment exactly matched to anticipation no more, no less.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT

Precision farming apart, the manifestations of the Cobweb Model can be adjusted by crop diversification, where mechanization and irrigation, the pre-requisites of regulated harvests are not a feasible option.

SELECTIVE APPLICATION

Broad selective application of varieties to plots within a holding, to entire holdings within a community or to whole communities within a district, with the intention of the pre-selected crop domains being co-incident with the distribution of crop species across a spectrum.

THE SUFFICIENCY APPROACH


These variations ideally achieve a sufficiency of several commodities at once, reminiscently reflective of subsistence farming, in its immediate and complete satisfaction of numerous needs and many requirements.

FLEXIBILITY WITHIN A SPECTRUM


This approach, combines the beneficial aspects of specialization (great variety) and commonality (large volume) and in addition, equalizes forecasted supplies and projected demand by a realizable flexibility in the crop range produced.

MODIFICATIONS OF CYCLICAL PROGRESSIONS

The results obtained, either by controlled harvests (regulated volume) or crop diversity (array flexibility) both, illustrate the main routes of modifying persistent cyclical progressions.