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Prince Edward Island (PEI) is well known around the world for its potato industry. While economically beneficial for PEI, potato production contributes to its environmental deterioration. This can be attributed to the high use of chemicals and fertilizers in the production, which leads to the pollution of PEI’s watercourses. In response to the environmental crisis, the PEI provincial government proposed several land use policies to mitigate the negative influence of potato production on water quality. One of the policies that is analyzed in this paper is a mandated crop rotation. The analysis of the mandatory crop rotation policy is achieved through the application of optimal control theory and dynamic programming. Findings from the co-integration model show that agriculture is most likely responsible for watercourse pollution in PEI. This provides statistical evidence that a policy aimed at water protection, specifically targeting potato land use is necessary. However the application of environmentally friendly approach (mandatory crops rotation) is positive, its negative impact on individual farms economy is evident.

Keywords: Optimal control theory ; mandatory crop rotation ; environmental policy ; agriculture ; potato producers ; economy impact.

Editor(s): Konečná, Martina

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Crop Production/Industries

Food Security and Poverty

Land Economics/Use

Issue Date: Sep 30 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: 1804-1930 (Other)

PURL Identifier: Published in: AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Volume 07, Number 3 Page range: 13-23

Total Pages: 11

JEL Codes: GA IN

Series Statement: Volume VII


Record appears in: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague > Faculty of Economics and Management > AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics

Autor: Procházka, Petr ; Řezbová, Helena ; Smutka, Luboš


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