Punjab to spend Rs37b on irrigation system

Modern technology to be introduced to improve water supply to crops.


Imran Rana September 22, 2011

FAISALABAD:


The Punjab government has approved a Rs36.9 billion project for introducing modern technology in irrigation system to give a significant boost to the agricultural sector, which has faced water shortage over the past few years.


The Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement programme, spanning over six years, will be executed in collaboration with the World Bank.

The provincial government will provide laser levellers, agricultural machinery, equipment and tube wells. It will also provide funds for farmers for purchasing equipment and machinery.

Under the programme, around 7,000 water courses will be constructed including 5,500 regular water channels and 1,500 additional channels, which will be completed in six years. Water Management Programme District Officer Faisalabad Basheer Randhawa told The Express Tribune that the Punjab government would provide 3,000 laser levellers at subsidised rates.

The government would also introduce drip irrigation in the non-irrigated area of 120,000 acres in the province, he said, adding 58 water courses would irrigate agricultural lands in Faisalabad this year.

In addition to this, 400 acres of land have been marked for drip irrigation in Faisalabad this year. He said every year quota would be determined for each district in Punjab.

Farmers expect the project to help ease their problems as the irrigation system is the key to improving per acre yield.





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

COMMENTS (2)

Kamran | 10 years ago | Reply Water Water every Where No Dams to Store. Will the Pakistan floods strike again? Pakistanis will be recorded in the History as Dam blockheads if they don't build the Kalabagh dam & series of other New Dams, Replacement dams, Construction of Kalabagh Dam will revive National as well Local Economy Providing Jobs to thousand of Workers, Engineer, Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Open up Small Towns and cities in the proximity for new Development, Roads, Bridges, Infrastructure, housing, Heath Care, During the construction and afterwards, it will provide long term Low cost electricity, Water & Help Fight the Floods, and drought periods saving billions in Flood losses. The above question was asked after 2010 & we did nothing so the flood knocked our doors again in 2011.
Adeel759 | 10 years ago | Reply Good Job CM. He seems to be working pretty hard these days, hope he keepson. Agribusinesses is the back bone of Punjab.
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