Water resource development, conservation discussed

Monday, September 16, 2013
waterISLAMABAD: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad has stressed the need for rainwater harvesting, water resource development and adding value to farm produce.

He said this while chairing a meeting of officials from various Agriculture Departments at the university to formulate a working paper for the forthcoming Planning and Development Department’s (P&D) meeting on the Water
Vision and Development of Arid Region.

In the meeting, representative of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Soil Conservation, Agriculture Department, Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Chakwal and Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) were present.

The VC said water was an essential element for agriculture, livestock and mismanagement of this valuable resource was badly affecting the agriculture sector and the economy of the country.

Plenty of rainwater was being wasted before reaching the crops, he added.

The participants reviewed previous work done by the ABAD, Agriculture Engineering Field Wing, Soil Conservation and the Water Management Wing.

Extension Wing, Forest, Livestock and Small Dams Organisations earmarked the potential of further development in the Pothohar area.

They agreed to develop mechanisms for collaboration in various departments to achieve output-oriented results and discussed the responsibilities of various institutes in the Pothohar area development programme.

They highlighted the significance of close linkages with organisations working for the promotion of agriculture and hoped that it would not only help them resolve common issues but also enhance the mutual understanding for the developing agricultural activities.

The representatives of different organisations highlighted the location, topography, demographic, climate and other characteristics of the Pothohar region along with problems impeding the development of the area and discussed future action plans. Courtesy app

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