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Economic Impact and Trade Implications of the Introduction of Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) into Puerto Rico

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2015

Carmen Alamo
Affiliation:
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Edward Evans
Affiliation:
University of Florida, Homestead, FL
Alba Brugueras
Affiliation:
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Sikavas Nalampang
Affiliation:
University of Florida, Homestead, FL
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Abstract

This article addresses the issues of the potential impacts of the introduction of black sigatoka into Puerto Rico under situations in which the government assists growers in managing the spread of the disease, with and without prohibitions on imports of plantains and bananas. An equilibrium displacement model is used to quantify the impact of black sigatoka. The results indicate that under both scenarios the net economic benefits to society were negative. Over the long term, the government would be well-advised to invest in research to develop plantain and banana varieties that are resistant to black sigatoka.

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