(DP 1979-18) The Upper Pampanga River Project s Impact on Nonfarm Employment and Regional Growth

William Sander


The impact of the Upper Pampanga River Project, a large-scale irrigation project in the Philippines, on agricultural production and income and nonfarm employment is estimated. It is shown that the project contributes significantly to agricultural development in the Nueva Ecija region as well as to nonfarm employment in the region. The project s primary contribution to nonfarm employment in the region is brought about by Additional spending by farmers on consumer goods and services. It also contributes to nonfarm jobs in the agriculturally related industries -- industries which supply inputs to the farmer or industries which process or distribute agricultural products. The impact in the agricultural industries is less significant than the impact in the consumer goods and services industries.

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