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Irrigation » Water Management - Irrigation potential

(thousand ha)

India is the top country by irrigation potential in the world. As of 2013, irrigation potential in India was 139,500 thousand ha that accounts for 27.13 % of the world's irrigation potential. The top 5 countries (others are China, Brazil, Russian Federation, and Pakistan) account for 56.24 % of it. The world's total irrigation potential was estimated at 514,147 thousand ha in 2013.

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Area of land which is potentially irrigable. Country/regional studies assess this value according to different methods. For example, some consider only land resources, others consider land resources plus water availability, others include economical aspects in their assessments (such as distance and/or difference in elevation between the suitable land and the available water) or environmental aspects, etc. If available, this information is given in the individual country profiles. The figure includes the area already under agricultural water management .