Study related to gap between the irrigation potential created and utilized

The broad objective of this study is to examine various issues related to irrigation potential creation, its utilization, gross and net irrigated areas, including definition, reporting practices and consistencies in estimates. More specifically, the objectives are: to identify the gap between irrigation potential created and utilized from the point of view of potential that a) has never been utilized, b) has not been utilized regularly and c) has gone into disuse due to various reasons; to find reasons for the gap, both from the supply and demand sides; to suggest measures for minimizing the gap; to reconcile differences in the estimates of gaps as reported by different agencies; and to suggest a procedure for collection of data that can be applied uniformly throughout the country for the estimation of the gap.

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