Economic analysis of organic apricot farms in Malatya region of Turkey
Turkey is one of the important apricot producers of the whole world as well as a lot of fruit types. Apricot production is the most intensively farmed in Malatya region of Eastern Turkey. This study aimed to make economic analysis of organic apricot producer farms, one of the major agricultural products of Turkey. The research data were collected from 56 organic farms by survey method using stratified random sampling method in the 2012 production year. Sample farms were stratified in three groups regarding apricot production area (0.2-3.0, 3.1-6.0 and 6.1+ ha). Average gross production values were calculated as 357 thousand Turkish Liras (TL) and average gross revenues as 377 thousand TL for organic farms. Besides, average farm cost was calculated as 344 thousand TL, and the variable cost and fixed cost percentages were determined as 66.4 and 33.6%, respectively for organic farms. Average economic and fiscal rentability rates were calculated 0.87 and 0.85% for organic farms, respectively. Late spring frost damage and high seasonal labor cost were determined as the most important problems in apricot farming. To overcome these problems, the farms should head toward production of other fruit species and vegetables as well as apricot production. In this way, family workforce will be used more efficiently and late spring frost damages on farms reduced.
Paksoy, M. and Aslan, A. (2020). Economic analysis of organic apricot farms in Malatya region of Turkey. Acta Hortic. 1286, 253-258
apricot, Malatya, organic, economic analysis