A study into the cost of cultivation of vegetables in Punjab


Sunny Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Jasdev Singh and Prabhjit Singh



Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2013, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 11) Last page : ( 21)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412.

A study into the cost of cultivation of vegetables in Punjab

Kumar Sunny, Kumar Sanjay, Singh Jasdev, Singh Prabhjit

Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004. Email:

JEL Classification: D24, D61

Online published on 1 August, 2013.


The present study was conducted to compute the cost of cultivation of important vegetables like potato, pea, chilli, and cauliflower in Punjab. The total cost of cultivation on per hectare basis amongst the selected vegetables was found to vary between 80867 for potato to 112955 for cauliflower. The benefit cost ratio was found to be the highest for cauliflower and least for potato. Untimely frost at maturity stage, unavailability of electricity at crucial time and higher cost along with nonreliability of seed were the major problems faced by vegetable growers. The study emphasized that the government should ensure supply of quality seed, supply of electricity for minimum 8 hours a day and strengthening the extension activities to boost the vegetables production in the state.