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2019, vol. 65, iss. 4, pp. 41-51
Competitiveness of apple processing
Institute of Agricultural Economics, Belgrade,,
Sustainable agriculture and rural development in the function of accomplishing strategic objectives of the Republic of Serbia in the Danube region (MESTD - 46006)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water management of the Republic of Serbia - Advancement of knowledge transfer towards the approaching to safer and more competitive agricultural products gained by processing at small farms within the sector of milk, meat, fruit and vegetable

Keywords: agro-food processing; apple chips; contribution margin
Fruit production has important role in development of the Serbian agriculture. Within the structure of grown fruits, apple takes remarkable share. As a fruit species suitable for processing and longer storage, apple is traditionally use in households as fresh or processed. One of the alternatives for apple processing that could be a good solution for small family agricultural holdings represents the production of apple chips. Implementation of mentioned processing is suitable as from the aspect of size of needed investments and relatively simple technological requirements, as well as towards the quit a short period of return on invested assets, or possibility to engage installed equipment and farm members out of apple processing campaign. On the other hand, apple processing would certainly ensure the creation of added value and continuity of the farm income, what would primarily have a positive effect on farm sustainability. The main goal of paper is to consider the power of contribution margin obtained in apple chips production at farm level. Research involves one production cycle (three-month campaign), where presented data and results are referring to 2018. According to gained results, derives a conclusion that processing of apples into the apple chips could be a good alternative for small farms concerning the creation of its additional income.
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article language: English
document type: Original Paper
DOI: 10.5937/ekonomika1904041J
published in SCIndeks: 27/01/2020
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