Investigation of the practices intended for reducing of aflatoxin risk in dried fig firms in terms of economic perspective
Fig fruit is one of the crops prone to aflatoxin formation. Aflatoxin is an important problem among undesired events in dried fig production, processing and export. The aim of the study is to investigate the implementations done by the firms located in dried fig production chain and also to evaluate the results of these implementations in terms of economic perspective. The data obtained from managers of 85 dried fig firms via survey questionnaire constitute primary data of the study. Secondary data is taken from City Administration of the Food, Agriculture and Livestock and Turkish Statistical Institute. Binary and ordinal logistic regression models were used in the project. According to the binary logistic regression model, while experience of the firm manager and actual working period in a firm within one year and export occasions to the member countries of the European Union (EU) are as increase, it may be stated that electing probability of the managers on implementations reducing aflatoxin risk can increase. Cost of aflatoxin management naturally increases the total cost of fig. In this study, as of 2012 cost of processing dried fig for establishmentsRSQUO is 1.00-1.50 TL kg-1 on the average. Cost of reducing aflatoxin is 0.20-0.50 TL kg-1. It is defined that 1/4-1/5 of fig processing cost is composed of cost of aflatoxin management. It can be thought that the results of the study will be beneficial to the exporters directly, and also to producers and consumers indirectly.
Şahin, B., Çobanoğlu, F., Gülce, M. and Uçar, H. 2017. Investigation of the practices intended for reducing of aflatoxin risk in dried fig firms in terms of economic perspective. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1173:401-408
aflatoxin management, aflatoxin limits, economic costs, dried fig, investigation