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Journal:   JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS AND AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT   2012 , Volume 25 , Number 4; Page(s) 469 To 479.
 
Paper: 

ANALYZING DETERMINANTS OF CONSUMERS' WILLINGNESS TO PAY A PREMIUM FOR PESTICIDE-FREE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES IN MARAND CITY

 
 
Author(s):  HAYATI B.*, PISHBAHAR E., HAGHJOU M.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, TABRIZ UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

The aim of this study is to investigate factors affecting consumers' willingness to pay premium prices for the pesticide-free fruit and vegetables in Marand city. A Contingent valuation survey of 394 respondents was conducted in 2010. An Ordered Logit regression model was applied to determine factors effecting consumers' willingness to pay for pesticide-free fruit and vegetables. The survey results present that only 3 percent of the respondents would not be willing to pay a premium; while about 64 percent would be willing to pay a premium between 5 and 20 percent and about 33 percent would be willing to pay more than 20 percent premium for pesticide-free fruit and vegetables. Results reveal that factors such as individual's income, environmental and health concerns, the level of safe shopping criteria, consumer's knowledge of pesticide-free fruit and vegetables' characteristics and consumer's knowledge of pesticide's side effects increase the willingness to pay a premium for pesticide-free fruit and vegetables, significantly. In addition, those who have seniors in their family would be willing to pay a significant high premium price for these products. More than 50 percent of the consumers mentioned "the nonexistence of certifications and labels", "lack of supply" as problems of purchasing pesticide-free fruit and vegetables. While 26 percent claimed high prices of these products as their most important problems in their purchasing process of pesticide-free fruit and vegetables. The study recommends encouraging farmers to produce these products, effective advertising and improving consumers’ awareness.

 
Keyword(s): ONTINGENT VALUATION METHOD, MARAND, ORDERED LOGIT MODEL, PRICE PREMIUM
 
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