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This study compares productivity and equity performance of deep tubewells (DTWs) under different management systems (rental, KSS and private). Results show that the command area per MW, and output and gross return per unit of land were significantly higher under private management than under KSS and rental management. However, farmers' gross margin, return over cash cost and full cost of HYV Boro paddy produced under rented DTW schemes appeared to be higher than those under KSSDTWs and private DTWs. As regards the equity issue, it was observed that the produced benefits from irrigation were relatively more equally distributed to the farmers under KSS-D'I'Ws• compared to private D'IWs and rented DTWs. It revealed that private DTWs showed somewhat better performance from the view point of DTW managers/owners, while rented DTWs showed somewhat better performance from the view point of farmers. It is also concluded that KSS managed DTWs showed a little better performance with respect to farmers access to produced benefits from irrigation schemes.

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