Economic Evaluation of Health Cost of Pesticide Use: Willingness to Pay Method

Muhammad Khan


This study highlights the results of contingent valuation
method to measure health cost of pesticide use from farmer’s point of
view. Analysis shows that farmers have a positive willingness to pay for
avoiding pesticide related health risks. Theoretical validity tests show
that relevant indicators such as risk perception, previous experience of
pesticide related poisoning, education and income are significant
predictors for the positive WTP. From the results it is evident that
health effects of pesticide use provided motivation for farmers to pay
more for practices like IPM that reduce dependence on pesticide use
which in turn a strong motivation for policy-makers to continue research
on IPM and its implementation. Keywords: Health Cost, WTP, Pesticide
Use, IPM.

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