MECHANIZATION AND TRACTORIZATION AND THEIR DIFFERENCES
MECHANIZATION AND TRACTORIZATION
Mechanization encompasses a wide range of technologies, using human and or motor power. Hence, mechanization involves the use of tools, implements and machines to improve the efficiency of human, time and labour. The areas of application include; land development, crop production, harvesting, storage and processing. Mechanization is said to provide human operators with machinery that assist them with the muscular requirements of work. It can also be used to refer to the use of machines to replace manual labour or animals.. It can hence increase significantly the productivity of human labour and improve the quality of life for agricultural workers.
Mechanization is sometimes confused with tractorization even though they are two different things altogether. Tractorization or tractor power is just one option or an option of mechanization. Tractorization on the other hand is the use of strong vehicles with large wheels and are used purposely for pulling farm machinery. Hence it is basically, the use of tractor as a power source to help in the efficiency of farm work. Some types of tractors include; wheel type, crawler type, half-track type etc. The major difference between mechanization and tractorization is that tractorization falls under mechanization hence it can be said to be used extensively in mechanization agriculture . Agricultural mechanization is not an end in itself, but a means of development. Hence its goal is sustainable and socially beneficial in Agriculture. BRIEF HISTORY ON TRACTORIZATION Tractorization is the use of Tractor as source of power to under farm operations below is a history of tractors. The first powered farm implements in the early 19th century were portable engines – steam engines on wheels that could be used to drive...
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