Optimizing Deficit Irrigation Scheduling Under Shallow Groundwater Conditions in Lower Reaches of Amu Darya River Basin

Results of this study provide guidelines for policy makers to adopt irrigation schedule depending upon availability of irrigation water

Fazlullah Akhtar

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • Water demand for irrigated agriculture is increasing against limited availability of fresh water resources in the lower reaches of the Amu Darya River e.g., Khorezm region of Uzbekistan
  • Future scenarios predict that Khorezm region will receive fewer water supplies due to climate change, transboundary conflicts and farmers have to achieve their yield targets with less water
  • Cotton being a strategic crop in the region was used for simulations
  • Capillary rise substantially contributes to crop-water requirements and is the key characteristic of the regional soils
  • Results of this study provide guidelines for policy makers to adopt irrigation schedule depending upon availability of irrigation water

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