The Secretary Irrigation Punjab/MD PIDA Malik Hassan Iqbal has disclosed that a composite training programme has been approved for the capacity building of 53 farmer organizations of area water board of Lower Bari Doab Canal Circle Sahiwal. An amount of Rs. 44.12 million would be executed on the said project.
He stated this in a meeting at his office which held to review the various institutional reforms activities under Lower Bari Doab Canal improvement project which is being implemented in Okara, Sahiwal and Khanewal districts to rehabilitate the canal system. The meeting was attended by GM PIDA Afzal Anjum Toor, GM (Operations) Mohabbat Khan, Project Director LBDCIP Riaz Rasheed and Chief Executive LBDC, AWB Mian Nisar Akbar. The MD PIDA was told that as many as 53 farmer organizations have been constituted under the Lower Bari Doab canal improvement project in three different districts including Okara, Sahiwal and Khanewal. The said project is being completed with financial support from the Asian Development Bank. The members of the Area Water Boards have also been selected and now it is imperative to professionally trained them so that the FO members could efficiently run the canal affairs. The MD PIDA was further told that the proposed training plan would start from March 15 and it will conclude on 30 June 2015. It is planned that the members of FOs General body, Management committee and Area Water Board besides the field staff of Irrigation and PIDA will be imparted training which would be completed within an amount of Rs. 44 million. Secretary Irrigation Malik Hassan Iqbal observed that the farming community is the lynchpin of the whole irrigation system adding that all necessary support and facilitation will be provided to them so that they could play their role in the agricultural productivity. He directed GM PIDA Afzal Anjum Toor to ensure efficient arrangements for the said training as well as selecting suitable places where famers could reach amicably.