Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

Mutual Sustainability of Tubewell Farming and Aquifers

Perspectives from Balochistan, Pakistan

Authors: Khattak, Ahmad Saeed

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This book develops and presents a conceptual model for sustainable-groundwater irrigated agriculture. The model is based on the general principles of the economic theories of cost-benefit relations and behavioral models of resource use. The study has evaluated the advances in tubewell farming and the aquifer potential in arid Balochistan over a period of three decades. It has analyzed the booms and busts of the farming over time taking into consideration the local aquifer limitations and the socio-political considerations and policy framework. Three data sets – farmers, expert officials and satellite images - have been used to aid validation. By observing the most vital parameters, the study has concluded that the local aquifer has been falling at a rate directly proportional to the growth rate of irrigated farming, suggesting the current development process is unsustainable. For instance, the research finds that tubewell bores have reached down to depths where the term “aquifer mining” applies; as a result, irrigation costs have become too high to allow farming to be economically viable. In addition, desertification is steadily encroaching and the cropping pattern being changed from high-value horticulture to subsistence cropping. The study has also set parameters for assessing the willingness of farmers to accept modern, sustainable strategies and interventions.

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Dr. Ahmad Saeed is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan. He has a M.Sc. from the University of Peshawar and a Ph.D. from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. He specializes in water resources management and agricultural geography and has recently published Textbooks of Pakistan Studies, Geography and Social Studies for primary and secondary school levels working under the Balochistan Textbook Board. In addition, he has contributed in different capacities, such as editing, review, etc. in textbooks development for the textbook boards of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mutual Sustainability of Tubewell Farming and Aquifers
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Balochistan, Pakistan
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02804-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02804-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02803-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37804-6
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour
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