The push factors in business

The case of oil palm smallholders

Azhar Ahmad, Ahmad Raflis Cheomar, Lokhman Hakim Osman, Md Shafiin Shukor, Norazlan Alias, Mara Ridhuan, Suraiya Ishak, Mohd Abdullah Jusoh

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Abstract

Participation of small-holders in business ventures is in line with Malaysia’s transformation program of expanding the capacity of the oil palm industry. It also improves the smallholders’ household income and at the same time reduce their poverty level. Before potential businesses are explored, studies were conducted to get feedbacks from the smallholders on the types of business activities suitable for their community. Using questionnaires, surveys were conducted among the oil palm smallholders in four selected areas in East and West Malaysia. Out of 385 respondents participated in the study, 152 of them had started their own business. Out of seven factors, the results showed that five factors have significant relationships with the business involvement of the respondents. Increasing income level is the major factor of participating in business activity. These smallholders felt that they could not rely on palm oil alone due to the instability of palm oil prices couple with high cost of living and land cultivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-456
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Science Letters
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

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  • Factors in business
  • Oil palm smallholders

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The push factors in business : The case of oil palm smallholders. / Ahmad, Azhar; Cheomar, Ahmad Raflis; Osman, Lokhman Hakim; Shukor, Md Shafiin; Alias, Norazlan; Ridhuan, Mara; Ishak, Suraiya; Jusoh, Mohd Abdullah.

In: Advanced Science Letters, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 453-456.

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