Singh, S and Singh, Virendra and G D, Kiran Babu and Ahuja, Paramvir Singh (2005) Economics of scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.) oil production in western and central Himalayas†. Indian Perfumer, 49 (2). pp. 211-217.

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Scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.), is cultivated to produce essential oil which is extensively used in aromatherapy, perfumery and cosmetic industry. Growing of the geranium crop under the agro-climatic conditions of western and central Himalayas has a high potential to increase the additional income generation and employment opportunities, where majority of the farmers are marginal having small land holdings. The present study depicts the economics of nursery raising, cultivation and oil distillation in the newly formed Uttranchal state and Himachal Pradesh being practiced by the farmers producing geranium oil. Different cost components were calculated on the basis of prevailing market prices of inputs and outputs. Cost of planting material for raising rooted cuttings in nursery comes out to be Re 0.59/plant. Cost of cultivation for producing an average herbage yield of 500 quintals worked out to be Rs 97,115.48/ha/yr. Cost of oil production and net returns were calculated as Rs 3,198.50/kg oil and Rs 40,052.50/ha/yr, respectively. It was concluded that the geranium oil production was a remunerative venture with benefit cost ratio (BCR) at 1.25 from the compiled data of Uttranchal and Himachal Pradesh at farmers’ field. However,

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Scented geranium, Pelargonium sp., Geraniaceae, Essential oils, Cost of production, Agricultural economics, Benefit cost ratio.
Subjects: Information and Science Management
Depositing User: Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2011 12:06
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2012 05:16

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