Is a sustainable protected horticulture in arid regions economically feasible?

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Abstract

Technology is being presented as a way to save water. This technology comes at a price though. An economical analysis is made based on the operational costs and the investment costs. The application of water saving technology has to be economically feasible for the grower otherwise they will never implement it. Technologies used in this paper are the application of soilless culture and the closed greenhouse. The economical evaluation showed that the application of soilless culture is more profitable then the production in the soil in a pad and fan greenhouse. The investment costs of soilless culture are relatively low and the production increase is high. The closed greenhouse becomes most profitable when the price of tomato is higher than 0.75 Euro/kg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management towards Sustainable Greenhouse Ecosystems Greensys2011
EditorsC. Kittas, N. Katsoulas, T. Bartzanas
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherISHS
Pages93-96
VolumeI
ISBN (Print)9789066053380
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventGreenSys 2011 -
Duration: 6 Jun 201110 Jun 2011

Conference

ConferenceGreenSys 2011
Period6/06/1110/06/11

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