IRSA starts water supply for Rabi crops

Irsa starts water supply for Rabi crops in provinces in wake of talk of an expected shortage.

Express October 11, 2010

The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) has started water supply for Rabi crops in the provinces.

According to sources, 90,000 cusecs of water is being given to Punjab, 50,000 cusecs to Sindh, 3,000 cusecs to Balochistan and 2,000 cusecs of water to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Irsa said that 11 to 13 million acres feet of water is present in the  reservoirs.

Water demand has decreased 30 to 40 per cent in provinces, compared to last few years.

The Rabi crop is the spring harvest also known as the "winter crop" in India and Pakistan.

Last week provinces met to resolve a dispute over a water distribution formula for the upcoming Rabi season for Sindh and Punjab in the wake of an expected shortage of 10-15 per cent, but the meeting was inconclusive.


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