PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ECONOMICS OF OFF-SEASON TOMATO IN KASKI DISTRICT, NEPAL

Author:
Kusum Thapa, Binod Kafle, Bhuwan Bohara, Mangal Shahi, Kamal Regmi

Doi: 10.26480/fabm.02.2024.32.38

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Tomato cultivation is one of the most profitable and offers farmers a viable opportunity to enhance their socio-economic status. A study was conducted in order to access production economics of tomato, different factors affecting economic viability using linear regression and find out the price spread, producers share in tomato marketing. The data was collected from 50 farmers involved in tomato farming in Kaski district through semi-structured interview schedule. Along with the farmers 5 wholesalers and 10 retailers were also interviewed in the study area. The average input cost in tomato cultivation was found to be Rs. 870343.8 having total revenue of Rs.5413378.4 per hectare respectively in one season. The overall B/C ratio was found to be 6.21, which implies that tomato farming in the study area in very profitable farm business. Reception of subsidy and total land under cultivation was found significantly affecting economic viability of tomato production where as other factors was not significant and Producer share for channel producer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer was 60.98% whereas price spread was 50.7 and in channel producer to retailer to consumer was 69.17%, price spread 37.The major production problem was found to be climate change while the major marketing problem are lack of market information and price fluctuation. Almost all farmers were fully satisfied with tomato farming; it is highly profitable occupation in case of Kaski district and can be commercialized in large scale.

Pages 32-38
Year 2024
Issue 2
Volume 5