Private Tubewell Numbers in Pakistan: A Synthesis

Jerry B. Eckert


One of the foremost examples of development through private
enter-preneurship is the case of farmer investment in tubewells in
Pakistan and the supply industries which have arisen to provide tubewell
components and installations. The phenomenon has been frequently
studied, in some cases before regular statistical series of tubewell
numbers emerged. As a result several independent estimates are
available, largely derived from surveys, which are not wholly consistent
with each other. Some series include only private tubewells, some
combine private and government tubewells into one inseparable figure
while others do not specify. Some data reflect a December thirty-first
situation while others represent June thirtieth. Varying survey
techniques have been used. Quantitative analysis of this facet of
Pakistan's development is impeded by these problems. This note seeks a
synthesis; to provide an inter┬Čnally consistent time series which is at
once as reliable and as long as possible.

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