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Economic Evaluation of Pesticide Use Externalities in the Cotton Zones of Punjab, Pakistan

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  • Khan, M. Azeem
  • Iqbal, Muhammad
  • Ahmad, Iftikhar
  • Soomro, Manzoor

The crop protection strategy in Pakistan is almost entirely based on pesticide use whereas development of integrated pest management (IPM) based technologies is in its initial phases of scrutiny as well as implementation. The inefficient use of chemicals has resulted in environmental pollution and sub-optimal returns to the society on the costly investments. This study estimates the social cost of pesticide use and suggests appropriate guidelines for regulating the safe use of pesticides. An overall economic evaluation of the externalities for the current pesticide use levels shows that external costs are quite higher than the currently paid price at the farm gate level. The environmental degradation and public health costs inflicted on the society due to the inefficient chemical use on cotton crop amounts to twelve thousand million rupees. The reduced reliance on crop protection through chemical methods seems inevitable for a sustainable and healthy crop production.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 2688.

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Date of creation: 2002
Date of revision: 2002
Publication status: Published in The Pakistan Development Review 41.4(2002): pp. 683-698
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:2688
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