African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Full Length Research Paper

Profitability of yellow passion fruit as a function of irrigation depths under semiarid conditions

José Madson da Silva
  • José Madson da Silva
  • Department of Agronomy, Federal University of Paraíba – UFPB, Areia, Paraíba, CEP 58397-000, Brazil.
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Alberto Soares de Melo
  • Alberto Soares de Melo
  • Department of Biology and Graduate Program in Agricultural Sciences, State University of Paraíba – UEPB, Campina Grande, Paraíba, CEP 58.429-500, Brazil.
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Alexson Filgueiras Dutra
  • Alexson Filgueiras Dutra
  • Graduate Program in Agricultural Sciences, State University of Paraíba - UEPB, Campina Grande, Paraíba, CEP 58.429-500, Brazil.
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Janivan Fernandes Suassuna
  • Janivan Fernandes Suassuna
  • Graduate Program in Agricultural Sciences, State University of Paraíba - UEPB, Campina Grande, Paraíba, CEP 58.429-500, Brazil.
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Wellison Filgueiras Dutra
  • Wellison Filgueiras Dutra
  • Graduate Program in Agricultural Sciences, State University of Paraíba - UEPB, Campina Grande, Paraíba, CEP 58.429-500, Brazil.
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Carlos Henrique Salvino Gadelha Meneses
  • Carlos Henrique Salvino Gadelha Meneses
  • Department of Biology and Graduate Program in Agricultural Sciences, State University of Paraíba – UEPB, Campina Grande, Paraíba, CEP 58.429-500, Brazil.
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Pedro Roberto Almeida Viégas
  • Pedro Roberto Almeida Viégas
  • Department of Agronomy, Federal University of Sergipe – UFS, São Cristóvão, Sergipe, CEP 49100-000, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 28 October 2015
  •  Accepted: 04 January 2016
  •  Published: 24 March 2016

Abstract

In regions where rainfall is limited and irregular, irrigation technique is important for optimizing fruit plants production and profitability, such as yellow passion fruit. Therefore, this study investigates the economic viability of irrigations depth applied on passion fruit cultivation in the semiarid region of Paraíba State. The treatments were arranged on a factorial scheme that comprises four levels of ETo replacement (33, 66, 100 and 133%) and two yellow passion fruit hybrids (BRS Sol do Cerrado and BRS Gigante Amarelo), in a randomized block design, with five replications. Effective operational cost, administrative cost, total water cost, total production cost, gross income, net income, benefit/cost relation, balance of price and profitability index were evaluated. The best economic results were achieved with ‘BRS Sol do Cerrado’ hybrid under irrigation with 133% of ETo.

Key words: Passiflora edulis, hybrids, economic viability, drip irrigation.