Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword or section
Like this
6Activity
P. 1
Harnessing and Implements for Animal Traction

Harnessing and Implements for Animal Traction

Ratings: (0)|Views: 634 |Likes:
Published by MosySpeed

More info:

Published by: MosySpeed on Apr 27, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/06/2013

pdf

text

original

 
 
Harnessing and Implementsfor Animal Traction
An Animal Traction Resource Book forAfrica
by Paul Starkey
 
A Publication of the Deutsches Zentrum fürEntwicklungstechnologien - GATE in: DeutscheGesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)GmbH - 1989
 Die Deutsche Bibliothek - CIP-Einheitsaufnahme
The author
Paul Starkey studied Natural Science at Oxford University, Education at Cambridge University andTropical Agricultural Development at the University of Reading. He worked in Malawi for four years,and for seven years, and for seven years he was a technical cooperation officer in Sierra Leone,where he initiated a national animal traction programme. He is now consultant, specializing inanimal traction, and also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Agicultural Strategy,University of Reading. His experience has been published in many journal articles and books. Hehas been closely involved in regional networking activities, and has been the Technical Adviser ofthe West Africa Animal Traction Network since its inception in 1985. His main professional interestsare the improved utilization of draft animal power and stimulating closer international liaision in thisfield.
 
 2
Content
Foreword................................................................................................................3
 
Map of Africa..........................................................................................................4
 
Preface....................................................................................................................5
 
Acknowledgements...............................................................................................6
 
1. Introduction........................................................................................................9
 
2. Some mechanical principles..........................................................................10
 
3. Common harnessing systems........................................................................22
 
4. Less common harnessing systems...............................................................38
 
5. Harnessing: issues and resources................................................................45
 
6. The selection of equipment............................................................................52
 
7. Implements commonly used for crop production........................................57
 
8. Equipment for transport..................................................................................82
 
9. Less conventional equipment........................................................................90
 
10. Draft assessment and work rates...............................................................107
 
11. The supply and manufacture of animal traction equipment....................121
 
12. References...................................................................................................133
 
Appendices........................................................................................................155
 
 
 3
Foreword
This resource book was planned as a revised edition of the first animal traction handbook publishedby GTZ in 1981. It presents further technical information on Animal Traction and also reviewspractical experiences during the last decade in many developing countries. The lessons to be learntare manifold, but one aspect seems particularly important: those working with animal traction shouldavoid losing their perspective and objectivity by promoting Animal Traction with an ideological bias.Animal Traction, like other technologies, is only one means to the end of improving, on asustainable basis, the livelihood of rural people. It is a link on a chain stretching from human-labourto full mechanization, one stage in a long process. Some failures and disappointments in promotingAnimal Traction teach us to see the technology in the broad context of the prevailing social,economic and farming environment. Only if we can thoroughly and intelligently assess and appraisethe human and natural environment will we be able to to come up with successful strategies andsolutions.In stark contrast to many developed countries where agriculture accounts for a small proportion ofthe economy, agriculture plays a major role in the economies of most developing countries. The roleof agriculture in development requires much greater care and attention. The importance ofagriculture not only for the well-being of the people, but also for the entire developing economy isoften seriously overlooked. Such neglect has slowed development and presents major difficulties togovernments and donors trying to improve this sector.This book highlights some of the problems and possible solutions of a small but vital area ofagriculture. It aims to present Animal Traction in the context of the prevailing environments andfarming systems. If this edition can provide development workers and decision makers with aconstructive perspective on animal traction, then we will have achieved a great deal.We at GTZ, together with the author and collaborators, sincerely hope that this book will reachthose who are capable and willing to use the information presented. We hope they will be able totransform the ideas into intelligible action that can benefit and improve the livelihood of the ruralpoor in developing countries.B. Kehr

Activity (6)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
Avinash Kakade liked this
Massimo Pintus liked this
Neel Bavoor liked this
Pankaj Saraf liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->