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Water Pricing and Implementation Strategies for the Sustainability of an Irrigation System: A Case Study within the Command Area of the Rakh Branch Canal

Qamar, Uzair and Azmat, Muhammad and Abbas, Azhar and Usman, Muhammad and Shahid, Muhammad Adnan (2018) Water Pricing and Implementation Strategies for the Sustainability of an Irrigation System: A Case Study within the Command Area of the Rakh Branch Canal. Water, 10 (4), pp. 1-24. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/w10040509 ISSN 2073-4441

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Abstract

The command area of the Rakh branch canal grows wheat, sugarcane, and rice crops in abundance. The canal water, which is trivial for irrigating these crops, is conveyed to the farms through the network of canals and distributaries. For the maintenance of this vast infrastructure; the end users are charged on a seasonal basis. The present water charges are severely criticized for not being adequate to properly manage the entire infrastructure. We use the residual value to determine the value of the irrigation water and then based on the quantity of irrigation water supplied to farm land coupled with the infrastructure maintenance cost, full cost recovery figures are executed for the study area, and policy recommendations are made for the implementation of the full cost recovery system. The approach is unique in the sense that the pricings are based on the actual quantity of water conveyed to the field for irrigating crops. The results of our analysis showed that the canal water is severely under charged in the culturable command area of selected distributaries, thus negating the plan of having a self-sustainable irrigation system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127954/
Document Type:Article
Title:Water Pricing and Implementation Strategies for the Sustainability of an Irrigation System: A Case Study within the Command Area of the Rakh Branch Canal
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Qamar, UzairUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Azmat, MuhammadUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Abbas, AzharUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Usman, Muhammadmuhammad.usman (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Shahid, Muhammad AdnanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2018
Journal or Publication Title:Water
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:10
DOI :10.3390/w10040509
Page Range:pp. 1-24
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISSN:2073-4441
Status:Published
Keywords:irrigation pricing; value of water; distributary; culturable command area; sustainable irrigation system
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:25 Jun 2019 07:56
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:21

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