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Case studies on farmers' perceptions and potential of AWD in two districts of Bangladesh.
The report make concluding remarks that "[c]onsidering water use, cost and returns, it is evident AWD irrigation method is superior. It can be concluded from FGD and IFDC’s research that: 1. AWD demonstration saved water, time, and labor. 2. Yield of rice is higher in AWD plot than traditional practice. 3. AWD method of irrigation reduced irrigation cost and cost of production. 4. AWD gave higher gross return and gross margin than conventional practice," and furthermore that "Farmers’ faced some basic constraints to adopt AWD methods in their field and those are: 1. Monitoring is difficult for them. 2. Commitment from the seller is not ensured. 3. Kacha channel is a problem to control irrigation water. 4. Irrigation mainly depends on owner of the machine. 5. Insufficient supply of electricity and higher price of diesel are problems for regular supply of water."
Author: M. Saidur Rahman, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh and Country coordinator, CCAC Paddy Rice Component in Bangladesh