NPR - INTERFERENCE OF LOCALIZED PRODUCTION SPECIALIZATION WITH ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF CROPPING PATTERNS: A CASE STUDY OF SOME MAJOR EXPORT CROPS IN EGYPT
In order to explore the interference extent of non-economic factors upon Egyptian farmers' crop production plan, benefit-cost ratios, net revenues and domestic resources costs were estimated and their viability tested in variant productive areas for major export crops. The distorting influence of noneconomic factors upon response toward profitability potentials in crops acreage specification was revealed. Marketing problems, uncertainty and fear of risk beside specialization expertise may be the most interfering non-economic factors. As such, price raises and/or cost funding may not be sufficient to encourage production expansion for strategic crops unless considering the well-established production habits. Specifically considering cotton, regaining its past position in international markets requires much effort paid to solve its marketing problems and not only bid up its farm-gate prices.
Keywords: Egyptian export crops, net revenue, benefit-cost, domestic resources cost, Spearman's rank correlation, Pearson's correlation coefficient.