Micro-Irrigation Development in India: An Analysis of Distributional Pattern and Potential Correlates
Suresh, A., Aditya KS, Girish Jha & Suresh Pal (2018): Micro-irrigation development in India: an analysis of distributional pattern and potential correlates, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2018.1504755
Posted: 24 Jun 2021
Date Written: Sep 11, 2018
In India, of late, micro-irrigation has received considerable policy focus. However, as of 2017, only about 10% of the potential area is under micro-irrigation. The present study analyzes the pattern and equity issues of distribution of micro-irrigation in India and identifies the potential correlates. The regression analysis reveals that the stage of groundwater development and agro-climatic differences significantly influence the spread of micro-irrigation. The relatively low spread of micro-irrigation in states with overexploited groundwater needs attention. Overall, the study points to the need to revamp the current micro-irrigation development programmes, which focus excessively on subsidy.
Keywords: Micro-irrigation; equity; regional disparity; groundwater depletion; policy
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