Determination of optimal usage into the wheat production for Kareze irrigation in the Balochistan, Pakistan

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Hafeez, Mohsin and Khair, Syed Mohammad (2007) Determination of optimal usage into the wheat production for Kareze irrigation in the Balochistan, Pakistan. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 6 (5). pp. 809-814. ISSN 1682-3974


This study examines the wheat profitability and factors affecting its production under the Kareze irrigation system in Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan, Pakistan, during the year 2002-2003. The profitability of wheat was estimated using enterprise budget technique whilst log-linear Cobb-Douglas production function was developed to analyze the factors affecting wheat production. The result indicates that wheat is a profitable crop under Kareze irrigation system. Water availability through relatively inexpensive Kareze water and high use of inputs are the major contributors to high net returns and benefit cost ratio. The empirical results suggest that Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) Farm Yard Manure (FYM) and size of the plot are the key inputs affecting wheat production. The comparison of farm-level inputs use with the recommended inputs use by the national and international agricultural organizations show that farmers are roughly applying the recommended inputs level, which is also one of the main reasons for obtaining high wheat yield. Based on the empirical findings, it is recommended that farmers should increase the quantity of diammonium phosphate and farm yard manure to obtain maximum yield.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 23 May 2008 13:47
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: wheat; crops; irrigation; water supply; wheat farming
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310899 Plant biology not elsewhere classified
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300201 Agricultural hydrology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820507 Wheat

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