Prioritization of Strategic Agricultural Crops in Alborz Province Using the Fuzzy Delphi Method and The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)

Journal of Agricultural Machinery. 2014;4(1):116-124 DOI 10.22067/jam.v4i1.33174

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Agricultural Machinery

ISSN: 2228-6829 (Print); 2423-3943 (Online)

Publisher: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture: Agriculture (General) | Technology: Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

Country of publisher: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Language of fulltext: Persian

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AUTHORS


M Sharifi

A Akram

Sh Rafiee

M Sabzehparvar

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 25 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Alborz province with an area of about 5121.7 km2 has about 0.31% of the total area of the country. The total arable area of the province is about 48954 hectares. Water, land and capital are the most important factors for agricultural production. By understanding the subjective beliefs, decision-making criteria and economic incentives of local farmers, the priority of crops can be achieved with the maximum profitability of farmers and the least damage to the resources (water and land). The combination of Fuzzy Delphi techniques and methods of integrating analytical hierarchy process (AHP) can be an appropriate approach for achieving this goal. By employing the above combination of Fuzzy and AHP techniques, the priorities of the strategic agricultural crops in Alborz province achieved as wheat, barley, corn silage, alfalfa, cotton and canola, with final priority weighting factors of 0.496, 0.403, 0.354, 0.320, 0.183, and 0.090, respectively. By comparing the decision criteria it has been determined that the farmers prefer the amount of cultivation area, net income, production costs and livestock needs with the relative importance factors of 0.487, 0.410, 0.346 and 0.188, respectively. Among all prioritization criteria, the cultivated area had the highest priority. Water shortage, labor costs, lack of financial support, and governmental purchase allowance for wheat, were the main reasons for shifting the cultivated area towards wheat cultivation with total area of 14350 hectares.