This paper summarizes the results of a recent agro-economic survey of the Italian Cactus pear industry to assess its structure and competitiveness. To this end, a search was conducted to monitoring the production economics and market for Cactus pears (Opuntia ficus indica) for ten years, carried out a rigorous analysis of a sample company local firms chosen as a case study – using analyses of technical and economic efficiency - to be able to define the structure and potential of the cactus pear industry. Cactus pear is a tropical and subtropical crop important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. Multivariate analysis was applied to understanding the dynamics of the developmental processes involved, the opportunities and threats to the industry and various industry expert assessments were included, often used to construct territorial analysis models with a systemic approach. The analysis shows that cactus pear sector plays a strategic role in areas with a high ‘ruralness’ index where often the other fruits species don’t find suitable conditions (especially for problem concerning water resources). In these contexts the cactus pear cultivation has become particularly diffuse raising employment and creating income for the primary sector and territory, encouraging the development of the local resources.
|Titolo:||The structural characteristics, economic performance and prospects for the Italian cactus pear industry|
|Autori interni:||TIMPANARO, Giuseppe|
FOTI, Vera Teresa
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CACTUS DEVELOPMENT|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|