US offers $12m for Waran canal construction project

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (red), in Pakistan...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (red), in Pakistan (pink). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PESHAWAR The United States will provide $12 million to fund construction of the Waran Canal System that will irrigate 28,000 acres of land in Tank district of the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Waran Canal would be expanded to other US-funded irrigation systems in the area to cover a total of 191,000 acres land, enabling thousands of farmers to increase production of agricultural goods, said a press release on Thursday.

“Water is one of the biggest constraints on agriculture and economic growth in Pakistan. By helping construct this irrigation system, we hope to increase employment opportunities and income for local communities,” the communiqué quoted the US Agency for International Development (Usaid) Country Director Jock Conly as saying at the project launch ceremony.

The project will be funded through Usaid and implemented in cooperation with Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority.

The construction of the Waran Canal irrigation system will make irrigation water avail able for two crop seasons, al lowing farmers to sow a second crop each year and increase their overall productivity.

The new irrigation system will also increase fodder production and make more water available for livestock.

The Waran Canal Project includes construction of a 37km long main canal, 127km of secondary canals, and related structures such as bridges and falls. A drainage system and other structures serving 33 villages situated alongside the canal are also part of the project plan.

The dam will generate electricity for 39,000 house holds, store irrigation water, and provide flood protection for the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan districts. Source: http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=127435&heading=Pakistan