Economic analysis of energy use in groundwater irrigation of dry areas: a case study in Syria

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GUL A. , RIDA F., AW-HASSAN A., Buyukalaca O.

APPLIED ENERGY, cilt.82, ss.285-299, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 82 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2004.09.013
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.285-299


This study analyzed the relationship between the fuel-subsidy policy and groundwater-use expansion at macro level and water allocation to different crops at micro level in Syria. Energy uses for major crops were calculated, and a logistic equation fitted to model groundwater, well drilling and total-irrigated area trends for the period 1986-1999. Energy costs and water use were modeled using input factor cost function to determine the farmers' response to subsidized energy, using well-monitoring data and formal crop budget survey data, and to analyze water allocation to different crops. Different fuel-cost scenarios were simulated to show the likely effects on crops gross margins and cropping patterns.