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|dc.description.abstract||The amount of water used for irrigation has sharply declined during transition in Bulgaria.Large sections of existing irrigation systems were abandoned, and the ones still inuse are barely maintained. Crops such as wheat and barley have replaced more waterintensivecrops, including vegetables, rice and maize. This problem has an impact onthe future development of agriculture and the allocation of the country's water resources.The central argument is that land fragmentation in the wake of decollectivizationand restitution contributes to the irrigation systems' abandonment. This paper concentrateson the institutional factors, but also considers additional factors, that may haveinfluenced the process; further, it examines the causes driving these changes and analysestheir effect on irrigation. It is based upon a review of relevant legislation, as well asfield work in 17 villages located in the Plovdiv region of Bulgaria. The paper concludesthat, in addition to changes in large-scale market forces and weakening of the state enforcementmechanism, institutional settings have contributed to the decline of irrigationin Bulgaria.||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartofseries|||aCEESA discussion paper / Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences |x7||en_US|
|dc.title||The use of irrigation water during transition in Bulgaria's Plovdiv region||en_US|
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