The Role of Irrigation System Management and Performance in Facilitating Water Transfers

by Gaylord V. Skogerboe, Utah State Univ, Logan, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


Unlike irrigation systems in the U.S.A. that are sustained by farmers in a manner that facilitates urban water transfers, the majority of irrigated lands in developing countries are managed by irrigated agencies. This usually results in a recurring cycle of construction-deterioration-rehabilitation-deterioration that leads to in a greater national debt burden, stagnant agricultural productivity, and anarchy by farmers. These irrigation systems need to be equitably managed by farmers, and hydraulic performance and agricultural productivity continually improved, so that increasing amounts of the water supplies can be diverted to urban areas when it is deemed economically and socially advantageous.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Systems management | Water supply systems | Productivity | Water resources | Municipal water | Land use | Construction management

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