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Defining the Costs of an Outbreak of Karnal Bunt of Wheat

John P. Brennan, Fiona S. Thorne, Paul W. Kelly and Gordon M. Murray

No 58382, 2004 Conference (48th), February 11-13, 2004, Melbourne, Australia from Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Abstract: In determining the economic impact of a possible outbreak of the quarantinable wheat disease Karnal Bunt, an examination was made of the detailed components of the costs involved. The costs were classified as: (a) Direct costs (yield and quality losses); (b) Reaction costs (export bans, quality down-grading, seed industry costs); and (c) Control costs (quarantine zones, fungicides, spore destruction). The relative importance of each of these cost components is measured for a hypothetical outbreak of Karnal Bunt in the European Union, as a means of ensuring that the policy responses to such an outbreak are appropriate considering the costs involved.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-02
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.58382

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