THE VINEYARD IN SMALL FARM ECONOMICS (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED CROATIAN FARMS)

J. Kraljickovic, T. Budin
A survey of the farming situation in the Zagreb region showed that among 725 interviewed farms 78% cultivated vineyards. Three farms in the same region were thoroughly investigated by a specially designed monographic type of questionnaire. This paper presents the basic results of the general interview on 725 farms but concentrates on the results of the three thoroughly investigated farms. Three of the farms investigated were better according to the main farm characteristics than the regional average. The vineyard production on these farms is emphasized since they grow vineyards on 0.5 ha, or 4.4 to 15.4% of their total farming area.

The vineyard production was not found to be economically attractive, but the small farms justified its inclusion into their farming activities by the higher employment level of family members, the higher total income obtained on the farms and the fact that the farm fixed costs were partly spread out to cover the vineyard production. Alternative crops cannot replace vineyards in these aspects, especially if grapes are processed into wines on the farm.

Kraljickovic, J. and Budin, T. (1995). THE VINEYARD IN SMALL FARM ECONOMICS (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED CROATIAN FARMS). Acta Hortic. 340, 381-388
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1995.340.50
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1995.340.50
340_50
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