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Economic Evaluation of MAFF's Plant Health Programme - ER02013

The plant health programme contributes to MAFF's objective of assisting the development of efficient markets in which internationally competitive food and agricultural industries can thrive. The programme is directed particularly to plant pests and diseases which could have serious effects on British agriculture (including horticulture) if they became established or widespread in this country. To this end MAFF applies statutory controls in England and Wales to implement the EU plant health regime. These controls include action against quarantine pests and diseases, registration of producers and monitoring of plant material in trade. MAFF's Plant Health and Seeds Inspectors can also, where necessary, issue statutory notices requiring specific action. Such action can include destruction, re export or treatment. MAFF also provides non statutory services including certification of exports to third countries. Activities in the area of plant health policy are linked to developments within the EU regime and also, increasingly, to wider international standards on plant health. Within this context a key objective of the UK policy is the development of cost effective mechanisms in areas such as inspection arrangements for imports from third countries, on which Commission proposals are expected, including a harmonised charging system.

Project Documents
• Executive Summary : Economic Evaluation of MAFF's Plant Health Programme   (21k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2000

Cost: £35,785
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Plant health