The Deputy General Manager (TM) Najmus Saqib Rehmani held a meeting with the representatives of International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in his office to share the experiences regarding participatory irrigation management. The Dy General Manager (SM) Syed Shaiq Hussain Abdi was also present while the water sector experts Dr. Arif Anwer and Azeem Shah from IWMI attended the meeting.
While sharing the experiences, Mr. Rehmani told the participants that FOs are working independently under the concept of public private partnership with full autonomy regarding the collection of Abiana and repair & maintenance of water channels. They also actively take part in the distribution of water among all the shareholders up to tail ends of distrbutaries including the control over theft of water. He also discussed in detail the training programs launched by PIDA for the capacity building of FOs.
The representatives of IWMI, Dr. Arif Anwer appreciated the commitment of PIDA management towards participatory irrigation management model and told about the project “Revitalizing Irrigation in Pakistan” which would be launched by IWMI in the area of Bahawalnagar district. He told that the purpose of the project is to conserve the irrigation water at maximum level by adopting modern techniques with the participation of farmers. The participants agreed upon the joint working under both projects to avoid the wastage of resources and achieve the better results in favor of farming community.