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Glasnik Zaštite Bilja, Vol.38 No.5 October 2015. -

In Croatia in 2013 fruit orchards covered an area of 28,392 hectares and vineyards covered an area of 27,861 hectares. At the same time the share of organic production was negligible.

This paper examines economic implications of apple, plum, blackberry and wine grape production in both conventional and organic production. The paper used the Gross Margin Model. In addition, the purchasing cost and-or crop yield simulation method was used to examine organic production. In all scenarios of organic production the total income was higher than the income generated by conventional production. In the production of apples, the highest income could be generated if the same production volume as in conventional production was achieved. In the production of plums, blackberries and grapes the highest income could be generated if both yield and cost were increased by 20%. However, due to the complexity of production process, especially regarding protection, it is realistic to expect that conventional methods of fruit and grape production will continue to dominate the Croatian market. Nevertheless, some producers will opt for organic production targeted at economically stronger foreign markets that focus on developing products.

conventional production; organic production; fruit; grape; scenarios; economic viability



Author: Ivo Grgić - orcid.org-0000-0003-3900-4925 ; Agronomski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu Magdalena Zrakić - ; Agronomski fakulte

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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