Punjab government has started implementing its 5-year mega project “Punjab Irrigated – Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project” (PIPIP) costing Rs 36 billion to uplift the agriculture sector and better use of the available water resources, a spokesman of the agriculture department said here on Thursday. He said with the modernised use of irrigation water 4.5 million more people will benefit from this project by bringing their lands under irrigated cultivation.
The project will cover entire Punjab province over a period of 5 years. Drip and sprinkler irrigated system will be installed on 120,000 acres with a cost of Rs 13716.84 million, 3000 LASER units will be provided to farmers on subsidised rates the cost of which is Rs 4800 million, Rs 225,000 will be provided to each farmer who has his own tractor to purchase the LASER unit.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2012