Developing water-saving irrigation and strategy in China

Book Title: PROGRESS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE
Year Published: 2007
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Author: Fang, Tao ; Wu, Guoxing ; Zheng, Wengang ; Shen, Changjun
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Abstract:

Given current demographic trends and future growth projections, as much as 60% of the global population may suffer water scarcity by the year 2025. Rapid expansion of irrigated agricultural and increasing urban demands for water have important implications for the economy of China, especially for the agricultural sector in the northern part of the nation. In response to the water crisis, China's government has begun in recent years to invest in research on techniques to save water in the agricultural sector, although there is a debate about the extent of success in adoption by farmers. Top policy makers have publicly stated they would allocate billions of dollars in funding if they knew it would succeed in saving water. Unfortunately, there has been relatively little research in China on the economics of water saving technology and there is almost no systematic information on the extent to which the technologies have been adopted, if they are appearing to save water, and the characteristics of the communities that have been adopting them. This paper reviews the current status of the water-saving agricultural research and future objective in China. In simplest terms, we seek to establish a set of first order facts about the role that water saving technology has been playing in China's agricultural sector.

Pages: 69-73
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Publisher: CHINA AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PRESS
ISBN: 978-7-80233-424-3
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Keywords:

water saving; irrigation; agricultural; China

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