Can India raise agricultural productivity while reducing groundwater and energy use?

  • Kumar M
  • Scott C
  • Singh O
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Abstract

This paper provides empirical evidence that power tariff reform withpro ratapricing and higher unit rates for electricity not only would promote equity, efficiency and sustainability in groundwater use, but also would be socio-economically viable for small-holder farmers. It shows that the arguments of “high transaction cost” and “political infeasibility” used against metering are valid only in specific regional contexts and under increasingly outmoded power-pricing and agricultural-production regimes, if one considers the recent advancements in remote sensing and the facts that overexploited regions have a low density of wells and are mostly owned by farmers who constitute a small segment of the farming community. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of International Journal of Water Resources Development is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • energy rationing
  • groundwater-electricity nexus
  • prepaid meters
  • pro rata pricing
  • water productivity

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