|Author:||Fadil, Rida ; Aw-Hassan, A. ; Bruggeman, A.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
This paper describes how farmers respond to policy changes and how recommended options that may contribute to the sustainability of groundwater use in Syria. Based on the observations, it is concluded that market-based fuel prices could have a positive impact on the efficiency of groundwater use, fuel consumption and cropping patterns in Syria. In addition, eliminating subsidies could provide farmers with the incentive to adopt activities with higher profit for achieving higher unit energy and water productivity of water used in agriculture. The government is promoting new irrigation technologies by providing subsidies and through the extension system. It is recommended that for farmers to adopt the new technologies for irrigation-water conservation, extensionists need to do more to educate farmers on the benefits of the misconceptions.
|Pages:||22 - 23|
cropping systems, energy consumption, extension, farmers'attitudes, fuel consumption, groundwater, innovation adoption,irrigation, irrigation systems, sustainability, water management, waterpolicy, water use, Syria, West Asia, Asia, Mediterranean Region, MiddleEast, Developing Countries, Threshold Countries, adoption ofinnovations, advisory services, energy use, energy utilization,extension activities, water resource management, watering, Extension andAdvisory Work (CC200), Natural Resource Economics (EE115) (New March2000), Policy and Planning (EE120), Plant Production (FF100), Soil WaterManagement (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002)[formerly Soil Water Management], Energy (PP100), Water Resources(PP200), Social Psychology and Social Anthropology (UU485) (New March2000)