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Irrigation Systems Transformation in Cotton Production in the Harran District, Turkey: Implications of an Agent-Based Model

Onur Yeni (), Zeynep Yener-Gök and Özgür Teoman ()

Sosyoekonomi Journal, 2020, issue 28(45)

Abstract: Agricultural water use for irrigation in Turkey is higher than OECD averages. The main reason for this is the widespread use of surface irrigation methods. Since Turkey is not a water-rich country, high agricultural water use can be considered as a serious sustainability problem. Cotton, as an industrial crop, keeps its importance in Turkey in terms of its added value and foreign exchange inflow it provides directly and indirectly. This study scrutinizes the transformation of existing irrigation systems in Harran district by employing an agent-based model and also calculates the amount of areabased irrigation support required to ensure this transformation.

Keywords: Cotton Production; Sustainable Water Use; Agent-Based Modelling; Agricultural Supports. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C63 Q15 Q25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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