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dc.contributorShah, N. A.en_US
dc.contributorAfzal, M.en_US
dc.contributorMustafa, U.en_US
dc.contributorAli, I.en_US
dc.creatorRodríguez, A.en_US
dc.date2008-10-03en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-24T23:27:13Z
dc.date.available2020-11-24T23:27:13Z
dc.identifierhttps://mel.cgiar.org/dspace/limiteden_US
dc.identifier.citationA. Rodríguez, N. A. Shah, M. Afzal, U. Mustafa, I. Ali. (3/10/2008). Is Water-harvesting in Valley Floors a Viable Option for Increasing Cereal Production in Highland Balochistan, Pakistan. Experimental Agriculture, 32 (3), pp. 305-315.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11766/12093
dc.description.abstractPreparation of small catchment areas on rainfed valley floor soils in highland Balochistan, Pakistan, is a low-cost method of generating run-off and increasing crop yields within the cropped areas. The effect of different proportions of water catchment area to cropped area were investigated by comparing a control treatment with the entire area planted to the crop (traditional rainfed agriculture); a 1:1 treatment, with one half of the area used for water catchment and one half for planting; and a 2:1 treatment, with two thirds of the area used for water catchment and one third for planting. Results from six seasons of trials using wheat (Triticum aestivum) showed chat the 1:1 treatment had 23% higher net benefits than the control, with a 19% reduction in the coefficient of variation. The 2:1 treatment had 29% lower net benefits than the control and reduced the variation in net benefits by 8%. By contrast, four seasons of trials using barley (Hordeum vulgare) showed that the 1:1 treatment yielded 25% lower net benefits than the control but increased by 4% the variation in net benefits. Treatment 2:1 had 36% lower net benefits than the control and 18% more variation. Even though the gross revenue from wheat under the 1:1 treatment was less than that from the control, the reduction in total costs in the 1:1 treatment resulted in larger net benefits than the control. Water-harvesting in the valley floors is not a net yield-increasing technology. Land suitable for cultivation is limited and the increases in yields in the cropped area resulting from water-harvesting are offset by the opportunity costs of the catchment area. However, wheat grown in a 1:1 ratio of cropped to catchment area can increase farmers' income and decrease its variation. For barley, farmers are better off using their traditional management practice than giving up part of their cropped area to create water catchments.en_US
dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; all rights reserveden_US
dc.sourceExperimental Agriculture;32,(2008) Pagination 305,315en_US
dc.subjectwater-harvestingen_US
dc.titleIs Water-harvesting in Valley Floors a Viable Option for Increasing Cereal Production in Highland Balochistan, Pakistan?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovocpakistanen_US
cg.subject.agrovoccatchment areasen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerArid Zone Research Institute**en_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.date.embargo-end-dateTimelessen_US
cg.coverage.regionGlobalen_US
cg.contactrocameyalli@gmail.comen_US
cg.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0014479700026247en_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US
mel.impact-factor1.396en_US


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