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Agricultural Economics Research Review
Year : 2022, Volume : 35, Issue : 1
First page : ( 103) Last page : ( 114)
Print ISSN : 0971-3441. Online ISSN : 0974-0279.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-0279.2022.00009.X

Valuing pollination services in the apple orchards of Kashmir Valley

Mahendar K., Shaheen F A*, Wani Fehim J., Wani S A, Parray M A, Rehman Haseeb, Saraf S A, Mir S A

School of Agricultural Economics & Business Management, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar190025, India

*Corresponding author: fashaheen@rediffmail.com

Online Published on 06 October, 2022.


In the Kashmir valley, managed pollination orchards yield 35.22 tons per hectare of apples on average, 19.43% more than the non-managed orchards’ yield of 29.49 tons, and the quality of fruit is also better. Pollination services improved the income of managed apple orchards, and its value for apple in the Kashmir valley is estimated at INR 126.56 billion per annum. If managed pollination services are extended to the entire area under the apple crop, an additional pollination welfare implication to the tune of INR 29.71 billion (almost INR 300 crore) will be realized per annum.



Ecosystem, Valuation, Pollination, Apple, Payment for pollination services, Social welfare, Bio-centric approach.


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