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Master Thesis

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Small farmers in the three counties of Guyana were randomly selected, and then interviewed with the aims of finding out how farm size and water control problems are related, and understanding how the frequency and magnitude of water control problems have affected rice production in the various coastal communities. The collected questionnaire survey data were analyzed with both graphical and statistical techniques. Yields of all surveyed farmers have drastically declined because of increasing water control problems. Farms in all locations, and of all sizes, and farmers of all age groups and educational attainment have suffered reduction in yields because of water control problems. These water control problems can be categorized as those of flooding, and drainage and irrigation, with the most serious problem affecting farmers being that of flooding of their fields. Farmers blame lack of maintenance and inadequate flood control facilities as being responsible for their water problems. Repeated floodings together with drainage and irrigation problems are responsible for most of the reduction in yields and rice production. As a consequence, farmers not only suffer economically but several adverse impacts are also felt by the national economy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .S5585. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1546. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.