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Experience with improving main system management

Many irrigation systems in India perform at levels far below their design standard, and the need to improve the performance of existing irrigation systems is therefore urgent. The performance of an irrigation system can be improved by the following:…

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Planning targets for irrigation development

Although India possesses 4.9 percent of the total average annual runoff in the rivers of the world, the per capita water availability from surface as, well as groundwater sources is assessed at 3,200 cubic meters Jm3) per year, compared with the…

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Coping with drought in Tamil Nadu: The role of reservoir management

Indian agriculture has historically been vulnerable to floods and droughts, primarily associated with the monsoon. These extreme weather events have retarded the otherwise impressive progress India has made in agricultural production, particularly…

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Performance possibilities and limits in Indian surface irrigation

This chapter is presented in two parts. The first presents a brief overview of the performance of Indian irrigation systems and specifically discusses the use and limitations of performance indicators of an irrigation system. No detailed,…

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The context of irrigation development: Overview

Professor Vaidyanathan's chapter focuses on major issues emerging from the past experience of irrigation development. These include (1) the choice between large and small irrigation works, (2) delays in construction, (3) underutilization of the…