GORANTIWAR, S.D. and SMOUT, I.K. 2005. Performance assessment of irrigation water management of heterogeneous irrigation schemes: 1. A framework for evaluation. Irrigation and Drainage Systems, 19(1), pp 1-36.
Studies of the performance assessment of irrigation schemes have gained
momentum since the late 1980s due to the common perspective that the resources (land
and water) in irrigation schemes are not being managed appropriately. In this paper
“irrigation water management” is considered as one of the activities of the irrigation
scheme. Three phases of irrigation water management namely planning, operation and
evaluation are identified. A framework for the performance assessment of irrigation water
management in heterogeneous irrigation schemes is proposed in this paper, based on
earlier studies made in this direction. The paper presents two types of allocative measures
(productivity and equity) and five types of scheduling measures (adequacy, reliability,
flexibility, sustainability and efficiency), together with the methodologies for estimating
these for the scheme as a whole during different phases of irrigation water management.
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