Monitoring and evaluation of land preparation performance in irrigated agriculture in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka
Many irrigation systems in the dry zone of Sri Lanka have water shortage problems. In spite of the fact that water shortage is a problem, water consumption is very high during land preparation for which prolonged periods of time are taken. This project analyzes the impact of institutional interventions on efficient water management, especially during land preparation period, based on research conducted in Huruluwewa, R ajangana, Nuwarawewa and Minneriya irrigation schemes. It provides a comprehensive understanding of factors behind prolonged periods of land preparation so that system managers and farmer communities can develop appropriate interventions to reduce water consumption during this period.
Loeve, R., Somaratne, P.G., Ariyaratne, B.R., Anputhas, M., Jinapala, K. 2004. Institutional changes to reduce land preparation delay in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. IWMI Working Paper 69. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute. 68p.