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Ex-ante Impact Assessment of GM-Papaya Adoption in Thailand

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  • Orachos Napasintuwong


    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,Faculty of Economics,Kasetsart University,Thailand)

  • Greg J. Traxler

Despite the evidences of benefits from GM papayas adoption in other countries, concerns over the loss of export markets and health and environmental risks have led to great uncertainty and indecision about policies to support biotechnology in Thailand. Since 2001, field trials have been banned and the use of transgenic plants for production, consumption, or commercialization has been prohibited, but this ban is currently being reconsidered. This study estimates what the economic impact of the adoption of GM papaya would be if Thailand were to authorize the use of transgenic technology. We find that papaya farmers will benefit significantly from improved yields and even with no cost reduction.

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Paper provided by Kasetsart University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200802.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
Publication status: Published in ARE Working Paper No. 2551/2 (July 2008)
Handle: RePEc:kau:wpaper:200802
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