HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 26 no. 2 (2001)

Water fees for irrigated rice in Asia

M.s. Valencia | D. Dawe | P. Moya | D. Pabale

Discipline: Agriculture



Because of increasing demand for domestic and industrial uses, water will be in short supply for agriculture, and it will be important to allocate and use water efficiently. Yet, because agricultural water prices are often low, farmers have little incentive to apply water efficiently to a given crop or to choose crops that economize on water use. The purpose of this paper is to document the level of water fees from various surface water irrigation systems in different countries in Asia and to compare these fees to the costs of other important inputs used in production. Water fees (prices) are defined here as any financial charges levied by the government that allow farmers to divert water from irrigation canals constructed with government funds.