Exploring the role of fertilizer application on the sustainability of Greek potato farms: A DEA application
Konstantinos Z. Vasileiou
Agricultural Economics Review, 2010, vol. 11, issue 1
Farm sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue to European agriculture. However, fertilizer leaching to groundwater is still a major concern for Greek agriculture. The impact on the maximum potential short-run profit and yield, when fertiliser application dose is limited to certain point, was examined, using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Spring potato farmers were found to apply rather high doses of chemical fertiliser, which poses high potential risk for nitrate and phosphorus leaching to groundwater. However, restricting nitrogen application to the doses recommended by agronomists would imply only little economic and yield sacrifices on potato farms,but resulting to significant reduction to potential environmental risk.
Keywords: farm management; data envelopment analysis; farm sustainability; shortrun profit; Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:aergaa:118573
Access Statistics for this article
Agricultural Economics Review is currently edited by January
More articles in Agricultural Economics Review from Greek Association of Agricultural Economists
Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by AgEcon Search ().