Groundwater markets in fragile environments: key issues in sustainability.

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Year Published: 2002
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Author: Dalbir, Singh
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This paper examines the operations of groundwater markets in the arid and semiarid regions of Rajasthan, India, and their implications on the sustainability of groundwater resources. A survey of 75 households (40 in Kukanwali, an arid village; 25 in Srichandpura, a semiarid village) using groundwater for irrigation was carried out in 1998-99. The main conclusions that emerge from the study are as follows: (1) water markets in fragile environmental conditions work on the principle of profit maximization; (2) the terms and conditions of groundwater markets work differently; (3) the existing institutional set-up, both formal and informal, behave in an adverse manner; (4) various institutional provisions have been made to check overexploitation of groundwater; and (5) the existing pricing policy for power used for irrigation purpose goes against the interest of society in general and the farming community in particular.

Pages: 180 - 196
Volume: 57
Number: 2
Journal: Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics
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ISSN: 0019-5014

arid zones, groundwater, institutions, irrigation,irrigation water, semiarid zones, surveys, sustainability, waterallocation, water management, water use, India, Rajasthan, South Asia,Asia, Developing Countries, Commonwealth of Nations, India, aridregions, water resource management, watering, Agricultural Economics(EE110), Natural Resource Economics (EE115) (New March 2000), Soil WaterManagement (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002)[formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources (PP200)

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