Rs30 billion to be spent for improvement in KP irrigation system

Rs30 billion to be spent for improvement in KP irrigation system

ISLAMABAD ,Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Muhibullah Khan Monday presided over a meeting to discuss KP Irrigated Improvement Agriculture Project.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Agriculture and Livestock, Dr Muhammad Israr, DG Water Management Javed Iqbal, Director Headquarters Nasibur Rehman, CPO Agriculture Syed Murtaza Shah and officer concerned.

The project is aimed at improving irrigation system and enhancing overall agriculture production. The project would start simultaneously in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and newly merged tribal districts with an estimated cost of

Rs30 billion.

Around Rs24 billion would be provided by the World Bank for the project.

Muhibullah Khan informed the meeting that under this project rectification, repair and pavement of 14260 irrigation channels would be carried out during next six years in the province. For storage of irrigation water, he added 5000 water ponds would be constructed under the project. This gigantic project, he said would modernize KP irrigation system to a great extent.

He further said that around 11650 acres of land would be brought under sprinkling irrigation system through this project, besides he said farmers would be imparted training on modern methods of irrigation under the project.

The minister said that under the project 766,000 acres of agricultural land would be brought under the new irrigation system adding that a plan was also under to make cultivable 25000 acres of barren in the province.