This chapter is presented in two parts. The first presents a brief overview of the performance of Indian irrigation systems and specifically discusses the use and limitations of performance indicators of an irrigation system. No detailed, project-specific findings are presented in the first part, although reference is made to such findings to illustrate the relevant performance indicator. A careful examination of the performance indicators normally used is a prerequisite for evaluating any irrigation system as well as evolving criteria for improved performance.
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