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|Water management in northern Thailand : A case study of the Mae Taeng irrigation project|
|Author||Wytinck, Sonya Marie|
|Summary||This is a study of water management in Northern Thailand. It begins with a review of economic theory related to water management and pricing. A sketch of the current state of water management in Northern Thailand is then provided. This is followed by a discussion of theMae-Taeng Irrigation Project near Chiang Mai, the setting for the study.|
A model of farmers' willingness to pay for irrigation water is developed. The following variables are found to have a significant impact on a farmer's willingness to pay for water: the distance from the main canal that the farmer's plot is located, the size of the farmers plot, ownership of the land, previous experiences of water shortage, the rating of the performance of the water user's group headman, and the farmer's perception of the cause of the water shortage.
The farmers' mean willingness to pay was found to be 50 baht/rai/year.This is significantly higher than their current irrigation access fee,and significantly lower than the prices charged to urban users. Some policy implications of these findings are discussed.
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