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An Assessment of the Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of the Ricecheck Program


  • Singh, Rajinder Pal
  • Brennan, John P.
  • Lacy, John
  • Steel, Felicity


Ricecheck, a best management practices extension program for rice production in Australia, was developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries advisory staff, Finley, in 1986. The program is based on eight best management practice recommendations called ‘Key Checks’ that are considered essential for achieving high yields. Economic analysis of the program reveals that there are significant financial, social and environment benefits from the adoption of the program. The results further reveal that the funds invested since 1986 by both NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation have been sound investments.

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  • Singh, Rajinder Pal & Brennan, John P. & Lacy, John & Steel, Felicity, 2005. "An Assessment of the Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of the Ricecheck Program," Research Reports 42652, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nswprr:42652

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    1. Malcolm, Bill, 1990. "Fifty Years of Farm Management in Australia: Survey and Review," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 58(01), April.
    2. Stephen Knack & Philip Keefer, 1997. "Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 112(4), pages 1251-1288.
    3. R. Quentin Grafton & Stephen Knowles, 2002. "Social Capital and National Environmental Performance: A Cross-sectional Analysis," Economics and Environment Network Working Papers 0206, Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network.
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