The work considers the problem of determining an optimal operational plan in order to maximize the profits of an agricultural enterprise. A decision model is formulated considering a set of potential crops for planting on an available area of land, two sources of water supply of different qualities and limited capacities, and a production function for each crop using water quantity and quality as the input factors. A unique feature of the model concerns the nature of the production function, which measures the profit margin of a crop not only in terms of its yield, but also the quality of the products. The model was developed to assist local decision-makers in the Negev Desert (Israel) for the purpose of soliciting a preferred policy for water sources development. The developed model may be applicable for other regions with similar water shortage problems.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Geography Research Forum|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Earth-Surface Processes