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Comparative Economics Of Users and Nonusers Of Dharabi Dam Pakistan

Muhammad Aamir Khan, Bilal Mansoor and Aftab Hanif

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Abstract: Water is a limiting factor for sustainable agriculture in Barani(Arid). However, rainfall is the only source of water the spatial and temporal variation of which is very high. Therefore conservation and management of this source is vital for agriculture development and socio-economic uplift of the area. This study was, mainly, also devised to address land distribution problems and consequent farm productivity in the study area. The farmers were divided into two main categories irrigated and rainfed farmers. The performance of most of the indicators i.e. yield, gross margins, farm income, labour productivity, income distribution, cropping intensity and crop diversity was found better in irrigated as compared to rainfed. While marginal factor productivity, irrigation productivity and rate of institutional credit availability was higher in irrigated area. However, rainfed area was always least efficient with respect to all of the quantified indicators. The findings of the research are helpful for the farmers of the study area in decision making among different farm enterprises. Hence it can alleviate poverty and help to bring food security in the deprived regions.

Keywords: Production Possibility; Socio Economic Characterization; Whole farm budget; gross margin (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09-08, Revised 2012-03-07
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