SIDA asked to live up to growers’ expectations

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KARACHI: Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) should improve its performances upto the expectation of the growers to ensure their maximum participation in its operational system.
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah presiding over 42ndSIDA Board meeting directed Authority to get ready meeting with expected heavy rains and flood, lining of distributaries, canals, stopping the cutting of trees from banks of canals and preparing contingency plan to meet with drought or flood like situation at the areas along with Tharparkar desert.
The purpose of the creation of SIDA was to bring the big improvement in irrigation system with the participation of the growers and to ensure efficient and judicious distribution of the irrigation water.
Sindh was the agriculture province and its more than 75 percent population depends on agriculture, which should be strengthened and improved for the socio-economic development of the people.
Irrigation water was lifeline for both agriculture and people of Sindh as well and SIDA management should have to be on the toe to ensure maximum participation of growers, more recovery and efficient distribution of irrigation water at the tail end in the areas under their command. He directed the chief of SIDA to always keep contingency plan for the areas fallen along with Tharparkar desert either in drought condition or flood season to meet the situation accordingly.
Though it was autonomous body but Sindh government was also providing financial aid for its survival in the interest of grower’s community.
He directed the officers foreign funded water sector improvement schemes being executed under water sector improvement programme (WSIP) Project should be implemented in letter and spirit.
Taking serious notice of cutting of trees from canals embankment he directed the officers to get this practice stopped with immediate effect.
He asked SIDA and secretary irrigation to work out for lining of the canals, distributaries and watercourses to avoid the water losses.
Secretary irrigation Babar Afandi stressed on the need of proper coordination and consultation while implementing any scheme. MD SIDA Ahsan Leghari said a lot of development and water improvement work have been carried out since last 6 years.
He said as many as $100 has been utilised to construct fall structure, replace defective head regulators from old Jamrao, Kipro and Mithrao canals. He said though he has got the recovery of abyane, increased upto 55 percent but still experiencing some difficulties but same would be overcome. He said in order to introduce early warning system within his organisation, his management was holding meetings with foreign funding agencies and expertise and hopefully it would be put in place within a year. 

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