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Hydro-Economical Analysis of Opportunities to Improve Water Use in the Agriculture Sector in Maharashtra

Hydro-Economical Analysis of Opportunities to Improve Water Use in the Agriculture Sector in MaharashtraMaharashtra is an important State for India’s economy with strong industrial and services sectors. Even though the agricultural sector’s contribution to Maharashtra’s economic performance is only 11%, agriculture growth is critical for Maharashtra to improve lives of its population as about 50% of the State’s population depends on agriculture sector, either directly or indirectly, for livelihoods. The report outlines some recommendations to strengthen the existing programs and schemes. In addition, the report identifies two areas where convergence amongst various activities and actors could significantly enhance outcomes and a need to integrate efforts with the Water Resource Department and other key stakeholders which use water such as cities and industries is outlined.