Does energy efficiency increase with orchard size? A case study from peach production
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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.
KeywordsEconomics Energy use efficiency Energy ratio Peaches South Marmara Turkey
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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