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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.
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