Understanding inequality and imbalances within different geographical areas (country, province and city), and policymaking to reduce inequalities are among the key tasks of the administrators in geographical development sector. Therefore, it is necessary to identify level of development and underdevelopment of agricultural areas in order to achieve sustainable agricultural development. A list of 36 indices including 10 agronomic indices, 7 horticultural indices, 8 livestock indices and 11 mechanization indices was prepared using Statistical Yearbook of 2016. The agricultural ranking of 21 counties was made using the Copras model. Also counties clustered using cluster analysis method included in SPSS software and to graphical maps were generated using Arc GIS software. The results indicated that Maragheh, Mianeh and Sarab were ranked first to third and Varzaghan and Bonab were the last. Cluster analysis divided the counties into 5 clusters of development level. Maragheh and Mianeh were placed in the first cluster (agriculturally developed area), Shabestar, Hashtrood, Sarab and Malekan in the second cluster (relatively developed areas), Ahar and Marand in the third cluster (developing areas), Kaleybar, Khodafirin, Tabriz, and Heris in the fourth cluster (relatively deprived of agricultural development) and Azarshahr, Osco, Bostanabad, Bonab, Jolfa, Ajabshir, Varzaqan, Horand and Charoymag in the fifth cluster (deprived of agricultural development
Pourdarbani, Razieh and Pashazadeh, Asghar
"Ranking the Counties in Ease Azarbaijan-Iran Based on Agriculture Development Criteria Using Copras Model,"
Emirates Journal for Engineering Research: Vol. 26:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/ejer/vol26/iss2/4