Characteristics of potential successful emerging commercial cotton farmers

  • R Randela
  • JA Groenewald
  • ZG Alemu


This paper describes a typology of sample households in terms of their farming orientation. Data was collected in two cotton growing schemes in Mpumalanga, namely Moutse and Nkomazi. Cluster analysis was applied to generate various farmers\' groupings according to their success potential. This analysis yielded 4 clusters two of which could be regarded as very successful and the other two groups as less successful. The realistic description of the various socio-economic groupings can facilitate the design of the support system based on the needs and aspiration of such groups.

South African Journal of Agricultural Extension Vol. 35 (1) 2006: pp. 1-11

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