This book examines the inter-face between the apparently divergent processes of irrigation and agricultural development in Kerala state and its implications on land development and water management practices, especially, adoption of On-Farm Development both at the system as well as farm levels. It offers a convincing explanation for the dismal performance of irrigation systems in the state in the context of cropping pattern changes from irrigated crops, mainly, paddy to dry/ perennial cash crops. As irrigation systems in Kerala are designed for rice, the decline in rice area resulted in the poor performance of irrigation systems.
Dr. Viswanathan P. K., Economics of Land Development in Canal Commands: A Study of Surface Irrigation Systems in Kerala, India. GmbH & Co. KG, Germany: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.