An Investigation into the Economic Benefits and Savings Resulting From the Pressurized Irrigation System Development in Ardabil Province

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Agricultural Research Organization, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Payam Noor University, Eastern Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

4 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

In arid and semi-arid regions of Iran as the rainfall is reduced and the population and the demand for food continue to grow, high-quality water consumption and the development of planting area increasingly gain importance. The present study was aimed to evaluate the economic benefits of the pressurized irrigation system in Ardabil Province, Iran by a survey methodology, production function, and farmers’ data for the growing season 2014-2015 (using a questionnaire). Results show that pressurized irrigation system not only reduces water consumption by as high as 17%, but it also optimizes the application of other production inputs and enhances the productivity of production inputs and water.

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