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Profit Analysis of Papaya Crops under Greenhouses as an Alternative to Traditional Intensive Horticulture in Southeast Spain

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CIAIMBITAL Research Center, Agrifood International Excellence Campus, University of Almería, Carretera Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Economics and Business, University of Almería, Carretera Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Vitalplant Nursery-Paraje Balsaseca, San Isidro-Níjar, 04117 Almería, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2908; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162908
Received: 15 July 2019 / Revised: 3 August 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 14 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Greenhouse and Horticulture)
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Abstract

The high-yield agricultural model in Almería is based on eight different crops. Having led fruit and vegetable exports in Spain for more than 50 years, a decrease in melon and watermelon growing areas in Almería caused a change in supply that affected the model’s profit. Papaya cultivation could reactivate the profit of the agricultural model in Almería and also improve the available product range. The papaya crop needs greenhouse infrastructures high enough to contain the growth and size of the plants during a cycle crop, which is possible in most of the greenhouses of the Horticultural production model of Almería. The papaya harvests obtained in the region meet the quality requirements demanded by European markets. Furthermore, yields obtained are equal or higher than yields obtained by other producing countries. This crop improves profit compared with the profit obtained from the rotation of other horticultural crops that have been traditionally grown in the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: Carica papaya; alternative crop; transplant of sex-identified plants; productive structure for intensive crops Carica papaya; alternative crop; transplant of sex-identified plants; productive structure for intensive crops
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Honoré, M.N.; Belmonte-Ureña, L.J.; Navarro-Velasco, A.; Camacho-Ferre, F. Profit Analysis of Papaya Crops under Greenhouses as an Alternative to Traditional Intensive Horticulture in Southeast Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2908.

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