Crop Insurance and Agrochemical Use in the Manasi Watershed, Xinjiang, China
AbstractThis study investigates the environmental impact of a government subsidy program for crop insurance in China. It looks at how crop insurance scheme in Xinjiang province affects the way cotton farmers use fertilizers, pesticides and plastic agro-film. These three inputs cause significant environmental problems in the region and there is a need to ensure that their over-use is not encouraged. The study finds that crop insurance helps protect farmers from the economic impact of crop failures, with a minimal negative impact on the environment. The only significant impact is a potential slight increase in agro-film use. In fact, crop insurance helps reduce the amount of pesticides cotton growers use. In light of these findings, the study concludes that a government-subsidized crop insurance program is an acceptable policy and proposes a number of ideas for minimizing any residual environmental impact it might have.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in its series EEPSEA Research Report with number rr2007071.
Date of creation: Jul 2007
Date of revision: Jul 2007
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crop; agrochemical; watershed; China;
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- Roberts, Michael J. & Osteen, Craig D. & Soule, Meredith J., 2004. "Risk, Government Programs, And The Environment," Technical Bulletins 33563, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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