The close cooperation and technical assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help to improve and strengthen the irrigation system in Punjab which is the backbone of the country because of its importance in providing canal water for crops.
This was stated by General Manager Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority (PIDA) Syed Zahid Ali while talking to a JICA delegation headed by Miss Mitsurokayama. Other members of the delegation included Aamir Bokhari, Mr. Kuzono and the consultants of the projects. The objective of the meeting was to review the Punjab Irrigation System improvement project launched in collaboration with JICA.
While giving a brief of irrigation sector reforms, the GM PIDA said that area water boards have been constituted on 6 main canal commands besides, setting up Khal-Panchayts and Farmer Organizations. The Farmer Organizations have started their second tenure in the lower chanab canal (east) while in the western circle, FOs have completed their first tenure and election arraignments are in process for the second phase.
The PIDA GM further informed that comprehensive programme was being implemented for the training of FOs. 20 out of 100 in LCC (East), 44 out of 103 in Bahawalnagar canal circle and 22 out of 116 training programmes in Dera Jaat circle have been completed. Besides this, laser land leveling and bed and furrow as well as sprinkling system for the conservation of irrigation water has been introduced in Bahawalnagar, Faisalabad and D.G Khan, concluded the GM PIDA Syed Zahid Ali.