The Economics of Horticulture

The Economics of Horticulture

The objective of this piece of work is to provide an analysis of the economic costs and returns of growing 10 specified horticulture crops compared to undertaking other agricultural land uses or activities.

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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Glyndwr University

Horticulture Wales, Plas Coch, Mold Road,

Wrexham

LL11 2AW

UK

Katina Davies

+44 1978290666
www.glyndwr.ac.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Glyndwr University

Horticulture Wales, Northop Campus, Holywell Road,

Northop

CH7 6AR

UK

Katina Davies

+44 1978293976

k.davies@glyndwr.ac.uk
www.glyndwr.ac.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Glyndwr University

Horticulture Wales, Northop Campus, Holywell Road,

Northop

CH7 6AR

UK

Katina Davies

+44 1978293976

k.davies@glyndwr.ac.uk
www.horticulturewales.co.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

The Economics of Horticulture

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The Horticulture Wales Business Plan “Developing Supply Chains”, revised September 2013, includes in its aims: “Provision of economic analysis of potential returns achieved from growing horticulture crops compared to other agricultural land uses”. The approved target for this aim is “Provision of baseline data on 10 crops to be provided through Horticulture Wales website”.

The objective of this piece of work is to provide an analysis of the economic costs and returns of growing 10 specified horticulture crops compared to undertaking other agricultural land uses or activities. This will be used as a reference for potential and existing horticulture businesses in Wales to support development in the sector.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=4635.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

03000000 Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products
15000000 Food, beverages, tobacco and related products
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
77000000 Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services

1000 WALES
1010 West Wales and The Valleys
1011 Isle of Anglesey
1012 Gwynedd
1013 Conwy and Denbighshire
1014 South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1015 Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1016 Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1017 Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1018 Swansea
1020 East Wales
1021 Monmouthshire and Newport
1022 Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1023 Flintshire and Wrexham
1024 Powys

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

For the purposes of this brief, the definition of horticulture shall include:

1. Fruit production including field and protected cropping

2. Vegetable production including field and protected cropping

3. Herb production

4. Ornamental plants

There are a number of reliable published sources providing comprehensive economic information about various agricultural activities in Wales, such as sheep and cattle farming, and arable crops e.g. The Farm Business Survey in Wales. This information can be used by those involved in agriculture to calculate financial costs and returns of the various activities covered by the data. This project aims to provide a directly comparable level of up-to-date data for both existing and potential horticultural producers in Wales, for 10 specific types of crops which will be agreed with Horticulture Wales. In order to do this, the contractor must identify the most appropriate existing data set for established agricultural activities, giving reasons for that choice, and then produce comparable data relating to production and output, relative to Wales, for the specified horticultural crops.

The work will identify which of the selected 10 horticultural crops would be appropriate for different farm sites e.g. upland and lowland, and calculate value of crop outputs, variable costs and overall gross margin. The calculations should reference and be based on recognised sector information sources, agreed with Horticulture Wales, in order to produce gross margin per hectare and, when possible, per acre. Detailed farm costs, which would be comparable across farms, should also be included in order to produce estimates of net margin and farm profit.

The final report may be published on the Horticulture Wales website and will be used to aid existing and potential new growers with decision making and business planning. To this end, it should be clearly written in a consistent format, thoroughly proofed and presented with the use of graphics where appropriate.

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

N/a

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation 08-01-2014

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
08-01-2014  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date 20-01-2014

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

Please note between 24 December and 6 January there will be no-one available to answer queries.

(WA Ref:4635)

5.2

Additional Documentation

Horticulture Wales Project Brief – Economics of Horticulture (3)
Further information – Economics of Horticulture

5.3

Publication date of this notice

12-12-2013

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