USAID, Wapda ink $12m agreement

ISLAMABAD  - The United States will provide $12 million for the construction of Warn Canal system that will supply year round irrigation water to over 28,000 acres of barren land in Tank, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.An agreement was signed by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country chief Jock Conly and Chairman Water and Power Development Authority here at Wapda Staff College at a simple ceremony.

The project of construction of Waran Canal will be funded through USAID and implemented by Wapda and will be completed within six months.Jock Conly, Country Director USAID in Pakistan, said, “Water is one of the biggest constraints on agriculture and economic growth in Pakistan and by helping to construct this irrigation system, will increase employment opportunities and income for the local communities.”

He said the United States is committed to provide best possible financial assistance to Pakistan in different fields especially to over come the shortage of electricity and irrigation water. Jock Conly said with the construction of the Waran Canal irrigation system, it will make irrigation water available for all the crops through out the year allowing the farmers to plant a second crop each year increase their overall productivity.The new irrigation system will also increase fodder production and make more water available for livestock.The USAID Country Chief, said besides Waran Canal, the USAID had been providing assistance for the improvement of infrastructure, education and health facilities in the area.“The US is committed to ensure assistance and cooperation for the development, progress and prosperity of Pakistan,” said USAID Country Chief.Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, who also hailed from Tank, thanked the USAID for providing financial assistance for the construction of Waran Canal.