The United States and Pakistan launched an annual workshop on September 20th focused on informing Pakistani farmers about irrigation methods that increase harvests through efficient water use. The United States has funded five demonstration land plots to show rural farmers the best ways to manage their water usage to increase their incomes.
These plots are administered by Federal and provincial authorities and are in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad, with others planned in Sindh and Balochistan. The September 20th workshop brought together American, Pakistani and other international experts to assess the progress of these demonstration plots.
At the workshop’s launch, Todd Drennan, US Embassy Agricultural Counsellor, said: “Water-use management is extremely important for all farmers, including Pakistani farmers. By helping Pakistani farmers adopt new technologies, we’re helping them reduce inefficient water use, reduce their cost of production and increase their agricultural productivity-all at the same time.” The United States and Pakistan work together on a wide range of water management solutions for farmers, from improving water-use management, to building water storage areas and thousands of km of irrigation canals.-PR