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close this bookBetter Farming Series 10 - The Farm Business Survey (FAO - INADES, 1976, 38 p.)
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View the documentHow to reckon the area of a field
View the documentHow to measure the weight of a harvest
View the documentHow to reckon the yield per hectare
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How to reckon receipts

The receipts are the money a farmer gets for selling his produce.

Mamadou is a farmer who grows:
0.8 ha of cotton
0.5 ha of groundnuts
0.6 ha of millet
0.4 ha of rice

He weighs all his harvests.
He has harvested;
640 kg cotton
450 kg of groundnuts
420 kg of millet
360 kg of rice
He keeps, to feed his family:
100 kg of groundnuts
360 kg of millet
150 kg of rice

He sells:

640 kg of cotton at 28 F: 28 x 640

= 17 920 l

350 kg of groundnuts at 17 F: 17 x 350

= 5 950 l

60 kg of millet at 15 F: 15 x 60

= 900 l

210 kg of rice at 20 F: 20 x 210

= 4 200 l

So the farmer's receipts are:


17 920


5 950





28 970 francs

But the farmer has perhaps sold other things besides his harvests. Perhaps he has sold an ox or a calf, some sheep, chickens, or eggs. Perhaps he sold some okra, pimentoes or tomatoes.

All the other products sold must be added in order to get the farmer's total receipts.