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Economic Analysis Of On-Farm Solutions To Drainage Problems In Irrigated Agriculture


  • Dinar, Ariel
  • Knapp, Keith C.


Agricultural production in many semi-arid areas over the world is affected by poor drainage and saline conditions. Optimal agricultural management can be considerably different under these conditions than in locations where these problems do not occur. A long-run steady-state model is developed to analyse several management strategies for a farm with limited natural drainage and no access to off farm facilities. The model is applied to a representative farm in California. Under optimal management, the results suggest relatively small evaporation ponds, a reduction in water application, and little change in cropping patterns. Some drainage reuse is optimal when only variable reuse costs are considered. Returns to land and management are positive in all cases considered and benefits from a free off-farm facility are approximately $260/ha.

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  • Dinar, Ariel & Knapp, Keith C., 1988. "Economic Analysis Of On-Farm Solutions To Drainage Problems In Irrigated Agriculture," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 32(1), pages 1-14, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ajaeau:22920
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.22920

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    1. Dinar, Ariel & Letey, J. & Knapp, Keith C., 1985. "Economic evaluation of salinity, drainage and non-uniformity of infiltrated irrigation water," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 221-233, November.
    2. Watson, William D. & Nuckton, Carole Frank & Howitt, Richard E., 1980. "Crop Production and Water Supply Characteristics of Kern County," Information Series 263853, University of California, Davis, Giannini Foundation.
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