Agriculture Minister vows to settle barren lands and resolve sector issues

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MUZAFFARABAD,  (Parliament Times) : AJK Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Sardar Mir Akbar Khan has vowed to enhance the capacity of Irrigation Department, in line with modern requirements. He expressed this while addressing a departmental briefing given by the Department of Irrigation and Small Dams here on Friday.

Secretary Agriculture and Irrigation Muhammad Bashir Butt gave detailed briefing to the Minister while Director General Irrigation and Small Dams Shafiq ur Rehman Dar, Project Director Basharat Hussain Durrani, Deputy Director Khawaja Ijaz Ahmed and others were also present on the occasion. Secretary Agriculture and Irrigation apprised the Minister about the ongoing and completed projects in Azad Kashmir under the Department of Irrigation and Small Dams.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Sardar Mir Akbar Khan lauded the role of Irrigation and Small Dams department and said that Irrigation system improvement projects are underway across Azad Kashmir. Remote areas of Azad Kashmir have been included in the National Plan for Enhancement of Water Resources. Under this project, barren lands of Azad Kashmir will be settled which ultimately develop the agriculture sector.

Minister maintained that the government of Azad Kashmir would include more projects in its annual development program to upgrade the irrigation system so that significant results could be achieved. Government aimed at constructing small dams for proper storage of water so that water is not wasted and it can be used for agricultural purposes, he added.