An Evaluation of the Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of NSW DPI Investments in IPM Research in Lettuce
AbstractResearch into IPM technologies has been conducted by NSW DPI for over 20 years. Evaluating the returns from investment in specific research and development projects is an important component of the NSW DPI science and research program. An economic evaluation has been conducted of IPM in managing invertebrate pests in lettuce in NSW. We found that there has been widespread adoption of IPM practices amongst NSW lettuce growers leading to a flow of economic benefits to the lettuce industry and the community. Important environmental and human health benefits were also identified. A benefit-cost ratio of 2 was calculated for the return to NSW DPI investment in lettuce IPM research which while satisfactory, is lower than returns calculated for other agricultural R&D. It does not include ‘spillover’ benefits to other States nor have human health or environmental benefits been valued.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists in its series Research Reports with number 45631.
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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research; benefit-cost; evaluation; IPM (Integrated Pest Management); lettuce; Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management; Production Economics; Q160;
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- Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2008-12-14 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2008-12-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2008-12-14 (Environmental Economics)
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- Patton, Dean A. & Mullen, John D., 2001. "Farming Systems in the Central West of NSW: An Economic Analysis," Research Reports 27998, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
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