Secretary Agriculture meeting with JICA Delegation to improve irrigation system

Secretary Agriculture, Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir
Secretary Agriculture, Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir

LAHORE: September 07, 2013: Extension in Japanese assisted Project “Strengthen Irrigated Agriculture through Participatory Irrigation Management” called (SIAP) would greatly benefit farming community in Punjab. This was stated by Secretary Agriculture, Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir during a meeting with delegation of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) here at Lahore today. Japanese experts Mr. Norio Kiyono Chief Advisor and Institutional Reforms Expert, Mr. Takashi Fujisaki, Training / Coordination & Capacity Building Expert and Mr. Daisuke Kawata On-Farm Water Management Expert and officers of Punjab Agriculture, Irrigation Departments, representatives of Punjab Irrigation and Draining Authority (PIDA) were also present.

During briefing about the project Secretary Agriculture, Punjab was told that under SIAP project demonstration of Water Conservation Technologies in three canal commands of Lower Chanab Canal West Circle in Faisalabad, Bahawalnagar Canal Circle in Bahawalpur irrigation zone and Dera Jutt Canal Circle of D.G.Khan irrigation zones has been completed. He was told that Laser Land Leveling of 3006 acres, cultivation of crops through bed and furrow method on 1263 acres, installation of tunnels and High Efficiency Irrigation Systems on 50 acres was carried out in collaboration of Punjab Agriculture Department.

It was further told that technical promotion material for the extension services to farmers was also developed in the form of text books, poster, brochures and documentary videos with the assistance of Extension wing of Agriculture Department, Punjab. Before completion of the project period of SIAP in March 2014, JICA mission for final evaluation of the project will visit target areas of the project from September 2nd to 13th, 2013 and will hold meetings with Chairman Planning and Development Department Punjab, Secretary Agriculture and Secretary Irrigation, Punjab.

Secretary Agriculture, Punjab told the delegation that to promote High Efficiency Irrigation techniques for efficient and judicious use of irrigation water a mega project “Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement” costing to Rs.35 billion has been launched by the Punjab Government under which Drip Irrigation System is being installed on 1,20,000 acres alongwith improvement of 9000 watercourses. He further told that 3000 Laser Land Leveling Units are also being provided to the farmers for which a subsidy of Rs.2,50,000/- per unit is being provided. He told that 700 Laser Land Leveling Units have been provided to the farmers so far under the project for which a subsidy of Rs.15.75 million has been provided by the Government.

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