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Economic Value of IrrigationWater: Evidence from a Punjab Canal


  • Ijaz Hussain

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.)

  • Maqbool H. Sail

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.)

  • Zakir Hussain

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.)

  • Waqar Akram

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.)


This study is based on data from a cross sectional survey of 120 farms located along the Mithaluck irrigation canal in central Punjab. The data collected were analyzed using (i) the residual imputation method, and (ii) the change in net income method,and applied to a linear programming model to estimate the value productivity of irrigation water. Returns to irrigation varied by farm size and location on the canal, but were generally found to be very high relative to the estimated delivery cost of irrigation water. The results of this study could prove useful in determining the economic feasibility of various resources for supplementing water and improving delivery and application efficiencies.

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  • Ijaz Hussain & Maqbool H. Sail & Zakir Hussain & Waqar Akram, 2009. "Economic Value of IrrigationWater: Evidence from a Punjab Canal," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 14(1), pages 69-84, Jan-Jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:lje:journl:v:14:y:2009:i:1:p:69-84

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    1. Muchara, B. & Ortmann, G. & Mudhara, M. & Wale, E., 2016. "Irrigation water value for potato farmers in the Mooi River Irrigation Scheme of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A residual value approach," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 164(P2), pages 243-252.
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    Irrigation; value of water; residual imputation; Punjab; Pakistan.;

    JEL classification:

    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General


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