Economic assessment of an optimised model of apple rootstock production

Dimo Atanasov, Galya Dobrevska and Manol Dallev
Agricultural University, Faculty of  Horticulture, Department of Fruit Growing, 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Atanasov, D., Dobrevska, G. & Dallev, M. (2020). Economic assessment of an optimised model of apple rootstock production. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 26 (6), 1166–1170

A three-year study was conducted on the development of apple clonal rootstocks with somatic organogenesis origin in a stoolbed and different moisture-absorbing polymer quantity in the covering soil layer. An economic assessment of the production process was made based on the specific effects of the moisture-absorbing polymer on the quality of the resulting product.
The results from the study show that the M9 rootstock demonstrates an improved rooting with a higher number of roots shoots, as well as, increased revenue when applying the moisture-absorbing polymer in a doze of 3.5 kg/da.
The economic benefit from applying the same doze of moisture-absorbing polymer in the case of the MM106 rootstock failed to meet our expectations. The doze of 3.5 kg/da proved to be economically ineffective. The results from the economic analysis demonstrated that the application of such a doze from the moisture-absorbing polymer was not economically feasable in comparison to findings from the alternative doze of 1.5 kg/da.

Keywords: apple rootstocks; moisture-absorbing polymer; economic assessment

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