African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6863

Full Length Research Paper

Irrigation water pricing in Awash River Basin of Ethiopia: Evaluation of its impact on scheme-level irrigation performances and willingness to pay

Mekonen Ayana*
  • Mekonen Ayana*
  • Department of Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering , Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.
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Gebremeskel Teklay
  • Gebremeskel Teklay
  • Department of Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering, Axum University, Ethiopia.
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Mengistu Abate
  • Mengistu Abate
  • Wello University, Ethiopia.
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Fasil Eshetu
  • Fasil Eshetu
  • Department of Economics, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.
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Melkamu Mada
  • Melkamu Mada
  • Department of Economics, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 29 November 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 January 2015
  •  Published: 05 February 2015


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