Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has completed an irrigation project worth Rs 1.3 million aimed at irrigating over 100 farmland canals in Almira Atla.
The project was jointly inaugurated by Assembly Member KP Qalandar Khan Lodhi and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Javed Iqbal Khattak Irrigation. Speaking on the occasion, the DG said the incumbent provincial government had earmarked record funds for the Department of Agriculture since its inception. In the province, the first phase of the national land reform program in Bannu, Malakand, Swat, Buner and other districts was launched by the then President Pervez Musharraf while the second phase was launched in 2019 under the PTI government, he said. .
The DG said the results of the five-year project would translate into water conservation, irrigation of additional area and increased production of high-quality crops as modern methods of irrigation were developed. adopted. Drip irrigation was introduced to irrigate farmland due to lack of water in Abbottabad, he said. Javed said that the country’s population had increased and to meet the needs of the growing population, the KP government had brought about a revolution in the agricultural sector, the effects of which would soon be apparent. He said that to protect the green belts and avoid water pollution, the provincial government would soon pass legislation, as the main objective of the Department of Irrigation was to take measures to conserve existing water resources.
Additionally, he said construction on agricultural land should be prohibited and the land should be set aside for agricultural purposes only. Water management staff also installed a solar-powered rain pump, which can be used to water upper areas from ravines, nullahs and streams. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the district head of the irrigation reform department, Shahid Mehmood, other department officials and a large number of farmers.
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