PROFITABILITY OF SMALL LOQUAT FARMS IN SICILY
The northern Sicilian coastline, known for its favorable soil and climatic conditions, represents the main production area in Italy for loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.). Over the years, the absence of process innovation and appropriate marketing strategies caused a gradual decline of loquat cultivation. This study estimates the profitability of some representative Sicilian farms that grow loquat in the area of Trabia (Palermo Province), where this crop is important for the local economy. The results highlighted a productive scenario characterized by high production costs, where only a family farm that supplies much of its own labor can survive.
Tudisca, S., Di Trapani, A.M., Sgroi, F., Squatrito , R. and Testa, R. (2015). PROFITABILITY OF SMALL LOQUAT FARMS IN SICILY. Acta Hortic. 1092, 37-40
economic analysis, Eriobotrya japonica, incomes, production costs