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Water service valuation in tidal lowland agriculture


Muhammad Yazid, and Shamsudin, Mad Nasir and Abdul Rahim, Khalid and Radam, Alias and Muda, Azizi (2015) Water service valuation in tidal lowland agriculture. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 23 (spec. June). pp. 39-46. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


Water service is a key factor in tidal lowland agriculture where water supply fluctuates following the tidal cycle. Under controlled situations, water can be properly supplied to farmland based on crop water requirements through proper operation and maintenance of the tidal irrigation system. This study aimed at estimating the value of water service in order to support the implementation of a water service fee. The benefit from water service is compared to a water service fee estimated from the cost of water distribution. To achieve the objective, the study employed production function estimation with rice as the main crop. Data were collected through a field survey on randomly selected farmers at Telang Delta, the rice production centre for tidal lowlands of South Sumatra, Indonesia. The result indicates that the value of water service in rice production is higher than any estimates of a water service fee. Proven to be a significant determinant of rice production, it has been suggested that water service should obtain financial support from farmers who benefited from available water service.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Faculty of Environmental Studies
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Tidal lowland; Valuation; Water service
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 05:10
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 05:10
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/41727
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