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Table 2 The summary of SWOT analysis results of development agricultural mechanization in Iran

From: Agricultural mechanization, a key to food security in developing countries: strategy formulating for Iran

Internal factors
Weaknesses Strengths
1. Lack of proper distribution and the heterogeneous amount of machinery and technology in the agricultural sector 1. Ability of cultivating strategic products in many parts of the country
2. Disproportion size of agricultural land and existing agricultural machinery 2. Dependence of the production of these products on energy inputs
3. Use of amortized machines and consequently increased waste 3. Growing capacity of country mechanization
4. Lack of correlation between the increase in Indicators of machinery and the reduction of waste 4. Significant correlation between mechanization capacity index and increase in wheat production
5. Gradual growth of the agricultural sector compared to other economic sectors of the country 5. Increasing trend and moving toward increasing and improving energy indicators
External factors
Threats Opportunities
1. High cost of ownership for beneficiaries 1. Climate diversity
2. High dependence on fossil fuels 2. Suitable market for exporting to countries of the region
3. High cost of exchanging rate and impact on the economy 3. Large number of graduates in agriculture
4. Lack of interest in investing in the manufacturing sector 4. Possibility of modifying seeds and using biotechnology in production
5. Growing trend in the service sector and the downward trend in manufacturing sectors 5. Major factories of agricultural machinery production in the country and the history of decades of manufacturing and exporting machinery
6. Expanding urbanization and lack of interest in engaging in agricultural activities  
7. Water bankruptcy of the country