Qualitative Analysis of Non-capital Barriers to Farmers’ Acceptance of Efficient Irrigation Saving Technologies in District Loralai, Balochistan
Author: Mohibullah

In South Asia, the spectacular increase in food production is attributed to ground irrigation. Ground water usage has gone unprecedented in scale as well as intensity leading to the depletion of the resource. In Pakistan, the sustainability of the irrigation and agriculture is under serious threat due to the decrease in water table as a consequence of excessive extraction of ground water leading to the extinction of Karez system of irrigation. In this study, an attempt was made to figure out how the farmers cope with decreasing water table and their strategies by converting to less water requiring agriculture like orchard farming. This technique was extracted from literature and was investigated in the field by finding its factors of adoption and non-adoption amongst farmers. Qualitative research method was used to conduct field work in Loralai District, collecting data from farmers of different villages. The data was then analysed using thematic analysis, which led to findings of this research like unsustainable economic gains on water intensive vegetable crops [cauliflower], high weather vulnerabilities of tree crops [almond], inconsistent water resource in the region and some indigenous water saving strategies like water tank irrigation technique and crop shifting. Based on the findings, it was concluded that, quick economic gains on vegetable crops, lack of government incentives on drought resistant crops like almond and following the trend of popular growing crops are the factors that hindered the process of adoption of efficient irrigation technology. Supervisor:- Dr. Junaid Alam Memon

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Supervisor: Junaid Alam Memon

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