The essential oil industry is under threat from numerous issues at present. Rising
agricultural input costs, particularly petrochemical based fertilizers and fuels are squeezing
farmers’ profit margins. Rising food prices and the increasing value of housing and industrial
land prices is creating competition for land, particularly around populated areas. Adverse
weather conditions and changing climate are creating both short and long term problems.
Poor crop yields are occurring much more regularly than before because of unusually heavy
rain, hail, floods, heat-waves and cold snaps....
The Tesla plant in Lanskroun, Czech Republic, was the only producer of capacitors in Czechoslovakia, and of machinery
for that purpose. After central planning was abolished, AVX Kyocera gradually took over the plant and a process of selective
restructuring took place. The combination of gradual change and a positive outlook for the long-term viability of operations
encouraged many former employees (the average qualification level was high) to set up their own small supplier firms for
AVX Kyocera. After a few years, these local suppliers were able to compete with Japanese suppliers.
The persona lifecycle is a metaphoric framework that breaks the persona process into phases
similar to those of human procreation and development. As shown in Figure 2.1 , the fi ve
phases in this framework bring structure to the potentially complicated process of persona
creation and highlight critical (yet often overlooked or ignored) aspects of persona use:
● Family planning — Before you begin any persona effort, you should fi gure out what
problems you’re trying to solve and what materials (specifi cally, data sources) are already
available for you to use.
Obviously, in this case we cannot fully eliminate the identification and causality
problem because firms’ profits/losses may affect their demand for credit as well. In order to
circumvent this problem (at least partly) we use in addition an interaction variable between
the profitability dummy and the lagged value of the access to credit variable. The rationale is
to test whether long-term enterprise-bank relations are associated with the firm’s viability.
Biosecurity and quarantine are integral parts of any successful poultry production system. Biosecurity
refers to those measures taken to prevent or control the introduction and spread of infectious agents
to a flock. Such infectious agents, whether they cause clinical or subclinical disease, significantly
reduce the productivity, profitability and long term financial viability of a poultry operation.
Biosecurity is about managing risk to meet the objectives stated above.