A method for comprehensively assessing economic trade-offs of new irrigation developments

Petheram, C., Hughes, J., McKellar, L., Kim, S., Holz, L., Poulton, P., Kehoe, M., Podger, S., Podger, G., McJannet, D. and Hornbuckle, J. 2016, A method for comprehensively assessing economic trade-offs of new irrigation developments, Water resources management, vol. 30, no. 13, pp. 4617-4634, doi: 10.1007/s11269-016-1443-2.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title A method for comprehensively assessing economic trade-offs of new irrigation developments
Author(s) Petheram, C.
Hughes, J.
McKellar, L.
Kim, S.
Holz, L.
Poulton, P.
Kehoe, M.
Podger, S.
Podger, G.
McJannet, D.
Hornbuckle, J.ORCID iD for Hornbuckle, J. orcid.org/0000-0003-0714-6646
Journal name Water resources management
Volume number 30
Issue number 13
Start page 4617
End page 4634
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 0920-4741
Keyword(s) economics
Northern Australia
Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Engineering, Civil
Water Resources
Summary To meet the anticipated increase in global demand for food and fibre products, large areas of land around the world are being cleared and infrastructure constructed to enable irrigation, referred to herein as ‘greenfield irrigation’. One of the challenges in assessing the profitability of a greenfield irrigation development is understanding the impact of variability in climate and water availability and the trade-offs with scheme size, cost and the sensitivity of crop yield to water stress. For example, is it more profitable to irrigate a small area of land most years or a large area once every few years? And, is it more profitable to partially or fully water the crop? This paper presents a new method for efficiently linking a river system model and an agricultural production model to explore the financial trade-offs of different management choices, thereby enabling the optimal scheme area and most appropriate level of farmer risk to be identified. The method is demonstrated for a hypothetical but plausible greenfield irrigation development based around a large dam in the Flinders catchment, northern Australia. It was found that a dam and irrigation development paid for and operated by the same entity is not, under the conditions examined in this analysis, economically sustainable. The method could also be used to explore the impact of different management strategies on the agricultural production and profitability of existing irrigation schemes within a whole of river system context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11269-016-1443-2
Field of Research 070101 Agricultural Land Management
070107 Farming Systems Research
070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
Socio Economic Objective 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085945

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 215 Abstract Views, 2 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Fri, 02 Dec 2016, 16:26:44 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.