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Economic Evaluation of the Apple and Pear Research Council - ER02010

Description
The Apple and Pear Research Council (APIRC) is a levy funded body established in 1989, under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947, with the main function of commissioning near market research and development on behalf of apple and pear growers (excluding cider apples and perry pears). It covers England and Wales and, subject to Ministers' approval, is enabled to collect a levy from apple and pear growers to fund research work on behalf of the industry. The Horticultural Development Council (HDC) carries out similar functions to the APRC in respect of the rest of the horticulture industry. A recent economic evaluation of the HDC recommended that the possibility of combining the functions of the APRC and HDC be considered in the course of the next review of the APRC.

It is intended that this study will inform the forthcoming BQS/quinquennial review of the Council. Given this, the general aim of the evaluation will be to examine the extent to which the APRC meets its policy objectives cost effectively, in particular whether there is a rationale for retaining a separate body to commission near market research and development for apples and pears.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Economic Evaluation of the Apple and Pear Research Council   (483k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £25,950
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Reading
Keywords
Apple and Pear Research Council (APRC)              
Corporate Issues              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Horticulture Development Council (HDC)