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Table 2 Characteristics of participating farmers and their farms

From: Production and marketing problems facing olive farmers in North Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Characteristics No. farmers Percentage % Mean Std.
Age Young (< 38 years) 28 28   
Middle (38 to 50 years) 47 47 44.5 9.5
Old (> 50 years) 25 25   
Illiterate 22 22   
Education Primary education 8 8   
Intermediate 51 51   
University 19 19   
Farm work time Full-time 13 13   
Part-time 87 87   
Agricultural area planted with olives Less than feddan 30 30 1.7 1.3
feddan—less than 2 feddan 26 26   
2 feddan and more 44 44   
Average productivity Less than a ton 4 4   
Ton—less than 2 tons 44 44 1.94 0.4
2 tons and more 52 52   
Farm experience in olive cultivation (years) Less than 16 years old 52 52   
16—less than 27 years 29 29 17.6 8.8
27 years and over 19 19   
Organizational participation Low participation (less than 6 degrees) 76 76   
Medium participation (6–10 degrees) 21 21 3.4 2.2
High participation (more than 10 degrees 3 3   
Altitude towards agricultural extension Negative (less than 17 degree) 33 33   
A neutral (17—less than 24 degree) 30 30 20 6.4
Positive (24 degree and more) 37 37   
  1. Source: collected and calculated from the questionnaire form