An Analysis of Tomato Production Cost and Labor Force Productivity in Turkey

G. KESKIN1, F. F. TATLIDIL2 and I. DELLAL1

1 Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Ankara, Turkey
2 Ankara University, Agricultural Faculty, Department of Agricultural Economics, 06010 Diskapi, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract

KESKIN, G., F. Fusun TATLIDIL and I. DELLAL, 2010. An analysis of tomato production cost and labor force productivity in Turkey. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 15: 692-699

The aim of this study is to determine the unit production cost and labor force productivity of tomato in the main production regions. The main material of the study consists of the data compiled by survey studies implemented in provincial directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. As a result of the study, the unit product cost is calculated minimum with 0.10-0.11 YTL/kg in the provinces where industrial tomato production is a widespread activity. The unit cost in table tomato production is minimum in the province of Eskisehir with a value of 0.16 YTL/kg and maximum in the province of Antalya, where production under greenhouse conditions is a widespread activity, with a value of 0.45 YTL/kg. Labor force productivity is maximum in the provinces of Bursa and Antalya and minimum in the province of Balikesir, where tomato is not planted in rotation with other products and where tomato agriculture suffers from various diseases.

Key words: Tomato, cost, productivity, labor, comparative analysis

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