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Measuring Irrigation Subsidies in Andhra Pradesh and Southern India: An Application of the GSI Method for quantifying subsidies

In India, as elsewhere, subsidies account for a significant portion of government expenditure. Government subsidies account for 14% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP); among the various subsidies, irrigation subsidies are significant. Assessing the scale of irrigation subsidies is a major challenge. A variety of different sources hold information and data; there is also a lack of clear incentives for stakeholders to gather the necessary data for accurate subsidy estimation. In order to assess the scale of irrigation subsidies provided in India, a representative state (Andhra Pradesh) was selected. The objectives of the study were 1. to assess the application of a common method for measuring irrigation subsidies and 2. to provide policy advice aimed at improving and standardising the reporting of data on irrigation subsidies.