Unravelling Water Use Efficiency in Sugarcane and Cotton Production in Pakistan

Abedullah Anjum, Uzma Zia


The present Policy Viewpoint explores water use efficiency
between the two competing cash crops of the Kharif season, sugarcane and
cotton. It is concluded that the sugarcane crop consumes about 3.5 times
more water than the cotton crop. Moreover, one litre of water used in
cotton production generates about 4 times higher monetary benefit at
both the farm gate and at the processing stage. Sugarcane alone consumes
about 42 percent of the total annual household water demand of Pakistan.
Keywords: Cotton, Sugarcane, Water Use Efficiency, Water Pricing,

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v59i2pp.321-326


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