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Energy Efficiency

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 833–839 | Cite as

Does energy efficiency increase with orchard size? A case study from peach production

  • Erdemir GündoğmuşEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

The aim of this study was to explain the relationship between orchard size and energy efficiency in the case of peach production carried out by households. The data were obtained from 118 peach orchards that were classified into four groups, including orchards less than 0.5, 0.5–1.0, 1.0–2.0 and larger than 2.0 ha, by using stratified random sampling method. The total energy requirement for peach production on average was 36,284.51 MJ ha−1. Total energy input use decreases as orchard size increases; however, it is minimal in group III. Fertilizer energy was the largest energy input, followed by diesel oil and pesticides for all groups.

Keywords

Economics Energy use efficiency Energy ratio Peaches South Marmara Turkey 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work would have been impossible if not for the participating producers, all of whom shared their time and knowledge generously. I also thank the anonymous reviewers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tarim Ekonomisi BolumuAnkara Universitesi Ziraat FakultesiDiskapiTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of AgricultureAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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