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Impact of Drip Irrigation on Farming System: Evidence from Southern India


  • Kumar, D. Suresh
  • Palanisami, Kuppannan


The micro irrigation in general and drip irrigation in particular has received considerable attention from policy makers, researchers, economists etc. for its perceived ability to contribute significantly to groundwater resources development, agricultural productivity, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. In this paper, the impact of drip irrigation has been studied on farming system in terms of cropping pattern, resources use and yield. The drip method of irrigation has been found to have a significant impact on resources saving, cost of cultivation, yield of crops and farm profitability. Hence, the policy should be focused on promotion of drip irrigation in those regions where scarcity of water and labour is alarming and where shift towards wider-spaced crops is taking place.

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  • Kumar, D. Suresh & Palanisami, Kuppannan, 2010. "Impact of Drip Irrigation on Farming System: Evidence from Southern India," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 23(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:97154

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    1. Joshi, Pramod K. & Aggarwal, P.K. & Tyagi, N.K. & Pandey, Divya, 2015. "Role of development policies in combating climate change issues in Indian Agriculture: A frist order assessment of irrigation and fertilizer policies," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211817, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Birthal, Pratap S., 2013. "Application of Frontier Technologies for Agricultural Development," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 68(1).

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