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Eradication vs. Control in Biosecurity Policy-Making: Mediterranean Fruit Fly in Western Australia


  • Cook, David C.
  • Fraser, Rob W.
  • Weinert, Andrew S.


The principal chemicals used by Western Australia’s horticultural industries for field control and post-harvest disinfestation procedures for Mediterranean fruit fly are soon to be withdrawn from use due to public health concerns. When this occurs, the necessary switch to alternative control methods such as bait sprays and intensive fruit fly trapping will involve additional producer costs. Given these costs, this paper evaluates the option of eradicating Mediterranean fruit fly from the State and discusses possible cost sharing arrangements between government and industry that could be reached for mutual benefit.

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  • Cook, David C. & Fraser, Rob W. & Weinert, Andrew S., 2013. "Eradication vs. Control in Biosecurity Policy-Making: Mediterranean Fruit Fly in Western Australia," 87th Annual Conference, April 8-10, 2013, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 158701, Agricultural Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aesc13:158701

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