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Record number 365791
Title Reform in Indian canal irrigation: does technology matter?
Author(s) Narain, V.
Source Water International 33 (2008)1. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 33 - 42.
Department(s) Irrigation and Water Engineering
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2008
Keyword(s) issues - policy
Abstract This paper examines the implications of technology - the design of canal irrigation for irrigation management reform. With reference to two different design systems in Indian irrigation - shejpali and warabandi - it shows that the potential for reform varies with the design of canal irrigation. Three approaches to canal irrigation reform are discussed - pricing, market creation and irrigation management transfer. The paper argues that academics and policy-makers need to be conscious of the implications of design for irrigation reform proposals. This calls for a move away from conventional approaches to irrigation management reform to a more inter-disciplinary perspective in which discussions on technology have been mainstreamed.
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