The study was conducted to know the landscape modification and agricultural intensification at a terrestrial segment of the Sidhmukh Canal Irrigation Project (SCIP) command area. The study confirms that the inception of the Sidhmukh Canal Project caused a massive land-use pattern change and shifted irrigation systems towards rain-fed farming to canal irrigation. Furthermore, the increased water availability by SCIP has extensively inflated irrigated land area, changed cropping pattern and land productivity. The study noticed a significant positive impact of SCIP on agricultural intensification. The study was accomplished by analysing primary data provided by the Department of Water Resources, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Economics & Statistics, Rajasthan Government.
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