Why should farmers invest in wells when irrigation tanks underperform? the evidence from South Indian tank commands


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Authors

  • D Suresh Kumar
  • K Palanisami

Keywords:

Rainfall variability, tank irrigation, adaptation strategies, well investment

Abstract

Irrigation tanks are perceived to contribute significantly to irrigation, agricultural production, and environmental sustainability. Realizing the significance of this perception, this paper analyses why farmers should invest in wells when irrigation tanks underperform. If the availability of water in tanks is poor, tanks perform poorly, and water becomes scarce. Farmers respond by increasing the number of private wells. If farmers do not invest, they stand to forgo an income of INR 12,430–12,775 per hectare per year. Therefore, farmers should be helped to construct wells.

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Submitted

2023-08-10

Published

2023-08-10

How to Cite

Why should farmers invest in wells when irrigation tanks underperform? the evidence from South Indian tank commands. (2023). Agricultural Economics Research Review, 33(2), 161-176. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/AERR/article/view/140606