Location is concerned with the geographical position of production units. Imagine that you are holding a near perfect sphere in your hand, say a ball-bearing. You can see the face nearest to you but if you throw it in the air and catch it again it is impossible to identify any point again because the whole surface looks alike. If we make a mark on the surface however, whatever we do with the sphere we can always define any other point in relation to the fixed mark. In horticultural locational studies we are also concerned with relative positions, those of horticultural holdings relative to markets at home and overseas and to the areas most favourable for production.
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