Economic analysis of Ginger cultivation in selected locations of Palpa, Nepal
Rewati Raman Poudel1*, Punya Prasad Regmi2, Resham Bahadur Thapa2, Yubak Dhoj Gharti Chhetri3, Dilli Bahadur Khatri Chhetri4
Although Ginger is the main cash crop for small farmers across the country, there are many problems associated with the cost of product. The study was conducted in four ginger growing areas (60 farmers from each area) of Palpa, Nepal in 2012. Study was focused on cost factors for various inputs and problem of production. The study revealed that benefit cost ratio for ginger production was profitable on cash cost basis (7.22). Seed has major cost share for ginger production (65.1%). The estimated coefficients of Cobb-Douglas production function showed that seed, labor and number of years for crop rotation were the significant factors for ginger production. Major problems faced by farmers were availability of source seed and pest management. Study concluded that ginger production can be made viable enterprise with increased focus on managing source seed and plant protection.
Keywords: Economic analysis, production factor estimation, profitability