ECONOMIC RESULTS FROM GROWING OF CHERRY IN DIFFERENT LEVELS OF INTENSIFICATION
The paper presents an economic comparison and assessment of the results of three technological decisions of intensive growing of cherry with different levels of intensity: 1. оn rootstock Р. Mahaleb 420 tree/ha (6.0 х 4.0 m); 2. оn rootstock Gisela 5 670 tree/ha (5.0 х 3.0 m); 3. оn rootstock Gisela 5 1,250 tree/ha (4.0 х 2.0 m). The economic results were calculated in three levels of yields: low, moderate and high (according to reported results from field trial) and in different price levels of production: 1.2; 1.5; 2.5 and 5 BGN/kg. The most intensive variant on Gisela 5 (1,250 tree/ha), ensured between two and four times more Net Present Value (NPV) compared to the variant with the least intensity (on rootstock Р. mahaleb). Significantly higher were values of NPV when moderate and high levels of yield combined with a higher fruit price occurred. Even though high intensive cherry orchards required two times greater capital investment, they ensured earlier and higher return of investments. The year of positive cash flow occurred 2-3 years earlier than variants on P. mahaleb. Discounted payback period in variants with higher intensity was from 3 to 6 years shorter. Growing of cherry in proposed variants in different levels of intensity was cost effective. The producer has the right to choose the most suitable solution for him.
Manolova, V. and Kolev, K. (2013). ECONOMIC RESULTS FROM GROWING OF CHERRY IN DIFFERENT LEVELS OF INTENSIFICATION. Acta Hortic. 981, 719-723
yields, costs, return, profitability, Gisela 5, Р. mahaleb