Is irrigation water free? A reality check in the Indo-Gangetic basin. uri icon

abstract

  • "Getting prices right" is the silver bullet widely advocated to developing countries in fighting waste, misallocation and scarcity of water. In the vast, poverty-stricken Indo-Gangetic basin, however, high surrogate water price is driving out small-holder irrigation. With rising diesel prices, most small-holders Who use borewells for irrigation find effective water use cost soaring, obliging them to economize on water use even by quitting irrigated farming. Electrified borewell owners, Car fewer, face low marginal cost but have to contend with stringent electricity rationing. Public irrigation systems grossly Under-price irrigation, but these are getting marginalized despite massive government and donor investments. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2009
  • 2009