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Estimation of Economic Returns to Soil and Water Conservation Research – An Ex Ante Analysis

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  • Rao, C.A. Rama
  • Kareemulla, Kalakada
  • Nagasree, K.
  • Venkateswarlu, B.
  • Kumar, Shalander

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The economic returns to investment made in soil and water conservation research have been analyzed. Technologies such as conservation furrow, residue incorporation have been found to be economically viable under farmers’ conditions. The study has covered four locations, viz. Agra and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kota in Rajasthan and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The economic surplus analysis has revealed that when adopted on a large scale, soil and water conservation technologies generate significant economic surplus as reflected in high NPV and BC ratio. The share of producer surplus has been found to be higher in the total economic surplus generated from technology adoption. Thus, investments in generation and transfer of soil and water conservation technologies have been found be justified in terms of economic benefits. However, various constraints that hamper adoption of these technologies are to be addressed so that the potential benefits could be realized by both farmer and consumer.

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  • Rao, C.A. Rama & Kareemulla, Kalakada & Nagasree, K. & Venkateswarlu, B. & Kumar, Shalander, 2010. "Estimation of Economic Returns to Soil and Water Conservation Research – An Ex Ante Analysis," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 23(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:92093
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    1. Getnet, Kindie & Pfeifer, Catherine & MacAlister, Charlotte, 2014. "Economic incentives and natural resource management among small-scale farmers: Addressing the missing link," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 1-7.

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