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Wild boars and farming in Sweden

an assessment of the costs

Andersson, Hans and Gren, Ing-Marie and Pettersson, Torgny (2016). Wild boars and farming in Sweden. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics ; 2016:10

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Wild boar is among the most wide spread mammal in the world and is known to cause serious damages for farmers in terms of crop losses and impacts on farm infrastructure. This study estimate farmers’ cost of wild boar in Sweden, and how it is determined by land scape diversity, proxies for wild boar population, land ownership, feeding and protective measures by the farmer. Data are obtained from a survey of 3200 farmers, and the results indicate an average annual cost of SEK 28843/farm or SEK 305/ha, of which 62% arises from crop losses and 28% from adjustment and protection costs. However, 60% of the farmers reported no damage cost, and we therefore examined the determinants of the probability of damage cost and, when it occurs, the size. It was found that proxies of wild boar abundance and land scape diversity have significant and positive impact on the likelihood and magnitude of costs. Diversity in the landscape gives access to hiding opportunities for the pigs when searching for food in the agricultural fields. Share of area with forage, rented land, arable land, and protective measures all showed significant and positive effects on the size of the damage cost.

Authors/Creators:Andersson, Hans and Gren, Ing-Marie and Pettersson, Torgny
Title:Wild boars and farming in Sweden
Subtitle:an assessment of the costs
Series Name/Journal:Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Year of publishing :2016
Number of Pages:31
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E10 Agricultural economics and policies
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Agrovoc terms:wild boar, farms, landscape, damage, costs, sweden
Keywords:wild boar, farmers’ costs, land scape characteristics, mitigation measures, Sweden
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ID Code:13993
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:26 Jan 2017 11:47
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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