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Recent efforts to develop rice cultivars with drought-tolerance (DT) traits have resulted in the release of several varieties that demonstrate significant resiliency to drought stresses. In this paper, we use discrete choice experiments to examine farmers’ preferences for DT traits and explore heterogeneity in these preferences using primary data collected in rural Bihar, India. We evaluate farmers’ preference for yield performance under different weather scenarios, duration, seed reusability and seeding rate. Our results show that farmers value the reduction in yield variability offered by DT cultivars, but are willing to pay even more for cultivars that offer yield advantages even under normal conditions. Rice farmers were found to prefer short duration cultivars, which provide an alternative pathway by which farmers can manage drought risk. Finally, we find that farmers highly value seed-reusability, and would, other things equal, demand a discount on hybrid seeds that do not have this characteristic.

Keywords: choice experiments ; drought tolerance ; rice ; India

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Institutional and Behavioral Economics

International Development

International Relations/Trade

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: Jun 03 2013

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/150786

Total Pages: 30

JEL Codes: Q12; Q16; O33

Record appears in: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) > 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C.





Author: Ward, Patrick S. ; Ortega, David L. ; Spielman, David J. ; Singh, Vartika ; Magnan, Nicholas

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/150786?ln=en







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