Market incentive, government regulation and the behavior of pesticide application of vegetable farmers in China

Li Zhao, Changwei Wang, Haiying Gu, Chengyan Yue

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Abstract

Pesticide residue has been one of the most serious problems for the vegetable quality and safety in China. Based on the survey of vegetable farmers in Jiangsu, Shandong and Anhui Provinces, this paper studies the behavior of vegetable farmers on pesticide application, compares the impacts of the government regulation and the market, and further investigates the influential factors of the premium perception associated with the quality and safety of agricultural products. Results show that currently it is relatively rare for vegetable farmers to apply pesticide according to standards in China. Given the frequency of pesticide application, the market incentive factors affect the behavior of vegetable farmers on pesticide application more effectively compared to the impact of the government supervision. However, the government regulation impacts the premium perception associated with the quality and safety of agricultural products, that is, government regulation provides a better environment for the market incentive. Therefore, it is essential to create the synergistic effect of government regulation and market incentive to regulate the behavior of vegetable farmers on pesticide application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-317
Number of pages10
JournalFood Control
Volume85
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the anonymous referees for their constructive suggestions on this manuscript. The authors are grateful for the supports from the National Science Foundation of China (No. 71333010 & 71273171 & 71571117 ), the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science (No. 13CJY072 & 14CJY082 ) and Shanghai Key Basic Research Program (No. 15590501800 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Agricultural products
  • China
  • Food safety
  • Government regulation
  • Market incentive
  • Pesticide application

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