45,000 acre land made cultivable in five years

Due to the water reservoirs and soil erosion controlling structures over 45,000 acres land used to be made cultivable in Potohar and different arid areas of Rawalpindi region stated Director General Agriculture (Field) Punjab Malik Ghulam Akbar. Talking to APP, he stated, the Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC), Punjab, Rawalpindi Region, beneath water assets building program built total 410 Gully Plugging Spillways right through five monetary years from 2014-15.

Due to the water reservoirs and soil erosion controlling structures over 45,000 acres land used to be made cultivable in Potohar and different arid areas of Rawalpindi region

Malik Ghulam Akbar

As many as 162 Mini Dams with 605 Water Outlets, 347 Retaining Walls, 322 Water Ponds, 79 Water Storage tanks, 70 Dugwells, 167 Gabbion Spurs and 28 Earthern Bunds were also constructed whilst afforestation was completed at 1894 acres land.

Malik Ghulam Akbar stated the construction of the mini dams and water ponds had additionally evolved positive environmental effects. The underground water desk used to be rising up with more employment alternatives for the folks. Fish and farm animals farming companies were now flourishing in the region, he stated.

The mini dams and water bonds are used to divert water for irrigation and different functions he stated including, the water collected in mini dams will also be utilised for vegetable and fruit cultivation.

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Rs 450 million income of the benefited farmers per yr as in comparison to the un-developed land.

Fish farming used to be additionally offered in the region which has become an additional supply of income for the farmers.

All interventions of soil and water conservation had been reaping benefits the farmers of the region, he said and informed that the dept also controlled to plant saplings on 1894 acres. The department under the soil conservation programme completed a large number of projects and reclaimed/benefited 45,125 acres besides collecting 282450 Acft water from rains, he added.
Nearly 80 in line with cent subsidy was once given to the farmers for the construction of these types of schemes, he added.

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Due to the above interventions there were an build up of Rs 450 million income of the benefited farmers per yr as in comparison to the un-developed land. To a question, he informed that a mini dam is constructed on 40 acre. He mentioned, solid steps were taken for construction of agriculture within the area.

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Ghulam Akbar mentioned that the main problems of Potohar region had been soil erosion and water runoff as most of the rain water used to be being wasted which was once now not handiest a big loss but in addition causes soil erosion at large scale.

Agriculture Department Punjab had taken progressive steps for selling Agriculture in Potohar area which has a unique environment and soil from different spaces of the province, he said.

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