Role of canal automation and farmer's participation in managing water scarcity: a case study from Orissa, India
The Derjang irrigation project, initially planned and constructed to command 6000 ha, experienced serious shortage and inequity in water distribution (between 1967 to 1993). Distress of the system resulting from unauthorized tampering by the beneficiaries, to a large extent, led to significant deficiency in water conveyance. A complete rehabilitation of the distribution system with structured zones below which distribution is unregulated, and formation of Water Users associations (WUAs) has resulted in increased crop production and farm income. The hydrological data from 1967 to 1980 indicated ...
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