Shoaib Mehmood – Muzaffarabad:
A mega special irrigation development programme for the repair and construction of water channels phase two has been continuing with full swing in Azad Kashmir to bring barren land under cultivation.
The five year project was launched in 2019-20 envisages the construction of water channels and water harvesting structural water tanks in the state to boost agriculture production.
An official spokesman of irrigations and small dams told here on Tuesday that under the project 195 water channels have been completed while the work on 142 water channels are in progress. Similarly the work on 149 water harvesting structures and water tanks have been completed and the work on 19 are being completed aimed at bringing more land under cultivation to boost agriculture production in the state and added that to achieve the targets set in the current financial year regarding the completion of the project has been intensified by the department. The Spokesman said that the project will not only help boost the agriculture production in the state but would bring barren land under cultivation. The spokesman further said that the Federal government is also extending consultancy service to the department for the completion of the project which is an exemplary programme launched jointly by the government with the participation of the community for the socio economic development of the farmer community.
Meanwhile The farmers have highly commended the launching a national socio economic development oriented programme by the Azad Kashmir government with the participation of Federal Government for the socio economic wellbeing of the farmers of the state.