Gilgit-Baltistan:Stuy Tour on Irrigation water Management in US

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Islamabad (P.Obs):Nine Government officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Gilgit Baltistan provinces will travel to the United States on a study tour sponsored by the U,S. Government to learn about irrigation water management practices from June 16 to June 27, 2012.

The ten-day study tour is being organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to enable provincial government officials and project staff working in the development sector to develop more efficient water management policies, design high efficiency irrigation systems, as well as enhance agricultural productivity and marketing linkages.

“This initiative is part of the United States commitment to support the development of Pakistan’s agricultural sector,” said USAID Acting Deputy Country Director, Jeff Bakken. “The participants will be exposed to some of the best practices used in the United States.”

The study tour will be hosted by the Colorado State University which is known internationally for its research and educational programs related to water management solutions, farm water management, efficient irrigation systems, and water policy reforms.

Participants are scheduled to visit an irrigation project, a land cooperative, packing sheds, agri-businesses, and farms where they will learn various aspect of water management in the agricultural sector. The tour will also include visits to the CSU Agricultural Research Development and Education Center, the CSU Horticulture farm, and the Northern Colorado Irrigation Ditch Association. At the latter, participants will discuss and observe how this association determines water schedules, allotments, and distribution patterns.

“Pakistan is currently facing extreme water crisis which hinders food production and economic growth. Such study tours as we are about to undertake are essential for introducing international best practices in water management in the agriculture sector” said one of the participants.

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