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Reservoir Water Re-allocation and Community Welfare

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dc.creator Kularatne, Mohottala G
dc.creator Pascoe, Sean
dc.creator Wilson, Clevo
dc.creator Robinson, Tom
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-08T20:14:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-08T20:14:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kularatne, M.G. et.al. Reservoir Water Re-allocation and Community Welfare. In: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34232
dc.description Financial support from the QUT Business School and the FRDC (Project 2008 ⁄ 306) is gratefully acknowledged. en_US
dc.description.abstract The introduction of culture-based fisheries (CBF) in small scale irrigation systems is increasing the marginal value of water in rice farming. The amount of water that is used in Sri Lanka for rice farming could be utilised to generate more profitable non-crop economic activities such as CBF. This paper examines whether the re-allocation of water to more efficient, high return uses would increase the total economic welfare of farmer community. Primary data was collected from 460 rice farmers in the Kurunegala District and 334 fish farming groups in two districts (Anuradhapura and Kurunegala) in Sri Lanka. The estimation of the value of water used for rice farming and CBF production is derived from the marginal value product by estimating stochastic translog frontier production functions. We then derive benefit calculations on the basis of the water demand functions for rice and CBF. Reducing the inefficient usage of water in rice farming by 32% increases the volume of water which can be used for CBF production by 53%. This greater efficiency can increase, farmers' total net benefits by 17% per Metres/ha of water used for reservoir-based agriculture. But in order to achieve this benefit, it is critical to ensure the water rights of the multiple users of small scale irrigation systems. This paper recommends introducing a community transferable quota, combined with co-management of water resources, to enhance the welfare of fishing and farming communities which use small scale irrigation systems. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship AQUAFISH, USAID, NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, Norad, The World Bank, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, NAAFE, World Wildlife Fund, United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, ICEIDA, JICA, JIFRS, The European Association of Fisheries Economists, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade en_US
dc.subject Fish and Aquaculture Sectors' Development en_US
dc.subject Managing Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors en_US
dc.subject Sector Studies en_US
dc.subject Fisheries Economics en_US
dc.title Reservoir Water Re-allocation and Community Welfare en_US
dc.type Research Paper en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_US
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