‘Water wasted due to lack of reservoirs’

Published: September 23, 2011
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105 million acre feet (MAF) of rain and flood water is multiple times the capacity of Tarbela dam. This water could have been harnessed if enough reservoirs had been made. PHOTO: FILE.

105 million acre feet (MAF) of rain and flood water is multiple times the capacity of Tarbela dam. This water could have been harnessed if enough reservoirs had been made. PHOTO: FILE.

FAISALABAD: 

The country wasted 105 million acre feet (MAF) of rain and flood water last year that went into Arabian Sea because of lack of water reservoirs and awareness among people, an agricultural expert said.

“This water was many times more than the capacity of Tarbela dam,” said Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a project on “Social research to foster effective collaboration and strengthen pro-poor values” here on Thursday.

The event was organised by the university’s Department for Rural Sociology in collaboration with the Agriculture Sector Linkage Programme.

Khan said average milk production in Pakistan was very low at three litres per animal in a day, but added Australian scientists had upgraded the breed of Sahiwal cow which increased milk output.

He stressed the need for increasing milk production by adopting modern techniques which would generate heavy revenue for the country besides improving incomes of farmers.

He called for learning from the experience of Australia, by adopting new technologies to boost production of goods and services, which was a prerequisite for prosperity of the country.

Australian scientist Dr John Spriggs said Pakistan and Australia had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for undertaking research projects. He said the MoU, covering citrus, dairy and mango production, was being implemented by UAF and Sindh Agriculture University Jamshoro with the assistance of Australia. Poor living standards of rural youth were also part of the project.

Another Australian scientist Dr Santra H Muatafa said the agriculture sector linkage programme would focus on horticulture (mango and citrus) and livestock (dairy), while at the same time address underlying issues of water management and institutional and technical capacity building.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • John B
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:48AM

    Too bad that PAK has to go all the way to down under for expertise, while they can get all the info they need on animal husbandry and agriculture from the Indians who tackled the same problems and have answers and solutions. What is good for western part of India is good for Sindh and Punjab at least.

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  • Asim
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Ironic ……… and this will continue till this nation realize that every dam is the need of this country ……. but seems not in the near future …….. so suffering continues

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  • Rachel Webb
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:16PM

    Families and businesses could utilize the rainwater for themselves, and have the same benefits for the city and the river. There are dozens of rain barrel designsRecommend

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