Monitoring operations performance in large-scale public irrigation systems in Indonesia

Kelley, T G and Johnson, S H (1991) Monitoring operations performance in large-scale public irrigation systems in Indonesia. Water Resources Bulletin, 27 (3). pp. 495-508. ISSN 0043-1370

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Different allocation and delivery performance ratios are used to assess operations performance in a large scale public irrigation system in Indonesia. Results from this analysis indicate that field management practices deviate substantially from the official operating procedures. The lack of application of a single, standardized procedure for planning water allocations is a serious constraint to effective monitoring and evaluating system performance. Underestimated and unrealistic planned allocations becomes the justification for overdiversion of water, and undermines the resolve of managers to reconcile actual and planned flows. Miscalculating planned allocations, poor matches between planned flows and actual deliveries, overdiversion and misreporting have economic consequences. For example, strict adherence to the standard operating rule during the second dry season of 1987 would have resulted in 19 070 000 m³ less water diverted into the irrigation system from the Brantas River or, at a conservative estimate of $1.78 per 100 m³ water, a saving of $339 500. Scope exists for making improvements in management by closer adherence to the standard delivery rule, which will also facilitate proper monitoring and evaluation

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr B K Murthy
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 09:05
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 09:05
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