The Economics of Continuing Rhoades Grass Production Under Sprinkler Irrigation in the Al-Batinah Region of the Sultante of Oman
Journal of Applied Irrigation Science
Due to increased competition for limited water resources in Oman, crop profitability is now becoming more important and is receiving more attention, especially in the case of high-water-use crops such as Rhodes grass. As Rhodes grass production in the Al-Batinah region requires significant water, production of Rhodes grass is being held responsible for over-capacity water pumping, resulting in salt water intrusion into coastal aquifers. There is little documented information in Oman related to Rhodes grass profitability. This study found that while Rhodes grass is marginally profitable, given current yields and output prices, even small price increases for such inputs as irrigation would quickly create negative returns for producers. Therefore, the long term sustainability of Rhodes grass production in the AlBatinah region appears to be pessimistic.
Breazeale, D., I. Khan, N. Al-Saadi, and K. Curtis, (2007). “The Economics of Continuing Rhoades Grass Production under Sprinkler Irrigation in the Al-Batinah Region of the Sultante of Oman.” Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 42(2), 119-129.