Pakistan Agriculture News

Punjab encouraging drip irrigation

LAHORE: The Punjab government is encouraging the adoption of drip irrigation technology under the ongoing ‘Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project’ to overcome the scarcity of water during different crop cycles, said Special Agriculture Secretary Ehsan Bhutta on Tuesday.

The project is being implemented with the help of the World Bank. “Under the initiative, the agriculture department is installing drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, establishing water channels and converting barren land into productive ones with the use of bulldozers and provision of subsidy,” Bhutta said while chairing a review meeting on the project. He added that the drip irrigation system is suitable for crop cultivation when irrigation water or rainwater is not ample for conventional farming. “This technology, so far, has been adopted by many farmers,” he stated.