Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Dawe, David and Lin, Hong and Piedad, Moya (2006) An assessment of the role of ponds in the adoption of water-saving irrigation practices in the Zhanghe Irrigation System, China. Agricultural Water Management, 83 (1-2). pp. 100-110. ISSN 0378-3774
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2005.10.004
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2005.10.004
The main purpose of the study was to determine the impact of ponds on the adoption of water-saving irrigation (WSI) practices. We hypothesized that access to ponds would increase the likelihood of practicing alternate wetting and drying (AWD). While it seems reasonable that the ability to access pond water would reduce the risk involved in letting the paddy dry temporarily, and thus encourage adoption of AWD, we can find no solid empirical evidence to support the proposition. The result showed that adoption of AWD is not driven by farmer desire but rather imposed on them due to increasing water scarcity. Furthermore, we found that farmers who were more reliant on pond irrigation were less likely to adopt AWD – the ponds were used to avoid soil drying. Because of the numerous benefits, it is assumed that pond water sources will continue to play an important role in sustaining crop production.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||water-saving irrigation practices; water ponds; adoption|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified|
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140302 Econometric and Statistical Methods
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified|
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