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International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics
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International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics (3 papers in press)
Farm accounting for farm decision making: a case study in Greece by Asimina Kouriati, Eleni Dimitriadou, Thomas Bournaris Abstract: This manuscript aims to present the importance of an empirical estimation method of farms economic results, in order to show that keeping detailed agricultural accounts by farm managers is necessary for farm decision making, future planning, and dealing with unexpected situations. The presentation was carried out through a representative family farm engaged in plant products production, characterised by a complex production plan and located in Central Macedonia (Greece). Data collection required the farms accounting report for one year (2019), using a specially designed questionnaire based on Agricultural Economic Research Laboratorys principles of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The implementation showed that keeping detailed accounts leads to the economic results calculation that help farm manager to determine the farms current state, identify the factor that burdens the economic result and establish the participation of each production sector in the total income; elements that can lead also to the management for sustainable
Keywords: economic results; record keeping; farm accounting; farm management; decision making; management tool; Greece. DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2021.10036633
Creating a spatial knowledge database for protective functions in sustainable forest management: the case of Greece by Dimitrios Raptis, Vassiliki Kazana, Christos Stamatiou, Angelos Kazaklis, Stefanos Tsiaras Abstract: One of the basic indicators required to assess and monitor sustainable forest management at the national level within the mandatory for the EU countries FOREST EUROPE policy initiative concerns the area occupied by the protective forests. However, within this policy, no operational harmonised definition of the protective forest term has been adopted to date, thus making it difficult to identify and map accurately the forest land area with protective functions. This paper presents a methodological approach for creating a spatial knowledge database for the protective functions related to soil, water, and infrastructure compatible with the FOREST EUROPE policy frame. The approach was implemented in Greece and it was found that about 40% of the countrys productive forest land has an increased protection effect
on soil and water, and about 15% of it on infrastructure. Keywords: protective forests; sustainable forest management indicators; spatial analysis; FOREST EUROPE; Greece. DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2021.10037365
Modelling a transport-level telecommunication management service of thermoelectric systems in agro-industrial complex based on Petri nets by Oleg R. Kuzichkin, Vladimir T. Eremenko, Gleb S. Vasilyev, Aleksey V. Eremenko, Dmitry I. Surzhik, Sergey V. Eremenko Abstract: A promising direction for the organisation of cooling systems in the agro-industrial complex is thermoelectric complexes built on the basis of thermoelectric modules. When developing and operating them, it is necessary to provide precise adjustment and correction of the operating modes of all distributed parts of the thermoelectric system for maintaining the microclimate in real time. This task can be solved by distributed telecommunication control systems. Based on the apparatus of Petri nets, a model of transport-level service for telecommunication management of thermoelectric systems has been developed. The interface of the transport layer and the scheme of the transport service data conversion module, including procedures for converting socket library data formats, have been developed. This ensures the integrity of the description of processes for establishing connections between environment objects and data exchange, as well as the compatibility of private models corresponding to subsystems with different levels of service services. A scheme for dispatching messages circulating in an ad hoc environment has been developed, which operates on the principle of priority queue. This scheme allows to deliver urgent messages in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Keywords: agro-industrial complex; thermoelectric system; automatic control system; telecommunication network; transport level; Petri net. DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2021.10037609