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Agricultural Economics Research Review
Year : 2006, Volume : 19, Issue : Conference
First page : ( 206) Last page : ( 206)
Print ISSN : 0971-3441.

Cost-benefit analysis of ginger cultivation in middle Gujarat

Shah S.P.1, Zala Y.C.2

1Department of Dairy Business Management, S.M.C. College of Dairy Science, Anand Agricultural University. E-mail: samarth222@yahoo.co.in

2Department of Agricultural Economics, B.A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University. E-mail: yczala@yahoo.co.in

Ginger is a highly capital-intensive crop ands the average cost of cultivation has been estimated to be Rs 2,02,260/ha based on the data collected from 128 ginger growers spread over 16 villages of four talukas, covering two ginger-growing districts of the middle Gujarat region during 2004–05. The average paid out cost has been found as Rs 1,57,368. The cost on seed has been found highest (Rs 64129/ha) constituting about 32 per cent of total cost, followed by human labour (18.04%), organic manures (10.79%), and irrigation charges (10.32%). Human labour requirement for ginger cultivation has been found to be of 730 mandays/ha. The average yield of ginger in the study area has been found as 133 q/ha. The overall gross returns, farm business income, family labour income and farm investment income have been estimated to be Rs 3,82,600, Rs 2,25,230, Rs 2,17,100 and Rs 2,03,139 per hectare, respectively. The net profit per hectare over cost C2 has been found as Rs 1,80,338 and input-output ratio as 1:1.97 on the basis of cost C2 for all farms. The overall cost of production has been found as Rs 1,566/q which was much lower than the market price, Rs 2,000–5,000/q, during the study period, which indicates that the ginger cultivation is quite remunerative in the area even at the lowest price.

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