Evaluation of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Water under Shortages: A case study of Harran Plain, Turkey

Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences (JEAS). Aydogdu et al., 2016. Volume 7: 23-28

Open Access – Research Article

Evaluation of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Water under Shortages: A case study of Harran Plain, Turkey
Mustafa H. Aydogdu 1,*, Karli Bahri 2, Yenigün Kasim 3, Aydogdu Murat 4
1 Department of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Faculty, Harran University, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
2 Department of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Faculty, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
3 Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Harran University, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
4 GAP Agricultural Research Institute, Şanlıurfa, Turkey


Abstract: The aim of this research is to evaluate farmers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for irrigation water under shortages in the Harran Plain, the biggest area of GAP Project, Turkey and explore the potential factors that contribute to it. The data come from a sample of 21,094 farmers in the Harran Plain, 471 of them were chosen via simple random sampling method and interviewed face to face. The contingent valuation, probit and maximum likelihood methods were used for analysis. The results indicated that the average WTP is more than 85.19%, means that 2.23 fold of current price at surveyed time in case of shortages. Explanatory factors, such as secondary school, high school and university graduates from education levels, farmers residing in Harran, modern irrigation systems users, age and household numbers are increasing and pumping irrigation users and proposed increased water prices are decreasing WTP. This research is one of the first studies on this issue in GAP Region-Turkey. The results are important for decision makers and contain useful information about value of water in case of water shortages by farmers’ side..

Keywords: Drought, GAP-Harran Plain, Irrigation water, Willingness to pay 

*Corresponding author: Mustafa H. Aydogdu: mhaydogdu@harran.edu.tr


Cite this article as  Aydogdu, M.H., K. Bahri, Y. Kasim and A. Murat. 2016. Evaluation of farmers’ willingness to pay for water under shortages: A case study of Harran Plain, Turkey. Journal of Environmental & Agricultural Sciences. 7:23-28. [Abstract] [View FullText] [Citations].

Title: Evaluation of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Water under Shortages: a case study of Harran Plain, Turkey

Authors: Mustafa H. Aydogdu, Karli Bahri, Yenigün Kasim, Aydogdu Murat

Pages: 23-28


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