ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
-A A +A

Impact of Declining Groundwater Levels on Acreage Allocation in Haryana

This study attempts to examine the impact that a declining groundwater table has on the farmer's crop response function in Haryana. The paper first summarises the most important causes for depletion of groundwater in Punjab and Haryana. It then reports a regional study of Haryana using the Nerlovian supply response function. Supply response is estimated for two water-intensive crops (rice and sugar cane) and two less water-demanding crops (wheat and bajra). The Arellano-Bond Dynamic Panel estimator is used in the study. The regression results confirm the hypothesis that farmers are recognising and responding to declining depths of water tables. Farmers are reducing the acreage devoted to rice and sugar cane, the two most water-intensive crops but not for the less water-intensive crops.

Subscribers please login to access full text of the article.

New 3 Month Subscription
to Digital Archives at

826for India

$50for overseas users

Get instant access to the complete EPW archives

Subscribe now


(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top