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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1964. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1964, the author. Used by permission.


This study is concerned with the development of agricultural credit and its contribution to economic development by supporting increased agricultural output and thereby assisting in the improvement of living conditions of a rural population.

The author as a staff member of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, from March 1950 to October 1957, served as Chief of the Natural Resources Division with responsibility for the direction of programs for the utilization and development of agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

This study is a historical analysis of the development of agricultural credit in the Ryukyu Islands.It was designed to answer the following questions:

  1. How was this agricultural credit program initiated?

  2. How did this agricultural credit system develop?

  3. Is the annual increase of agricultural cooperative loans to farmer members governed by the amount of funds borrowed from the Central Bank for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries or is it dependent on the increase of farmer saving deposits in agricultural cooperatives?

  4. What has the agricultural credit program achieved?

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