Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Punjab's Barani Areas

This PDA evaluated and disseminated rainwater harvesting techniques and introduced efficient water management methods and irrigation systems.

Description

Barani refers to areas in Pakistan where dry farming is practiced and is marked by high levels of poverty. They are not served by canal irrigation and rely highly on erratic rainfall. As such, agricultural production in these areas is precarious. Farmers normally minimize inputs to reduce the risk of loss in the event of drought and mainly depend on off-farm income.

In Punjab, barani agriculture contributes only 10% of the total agricultural production, but has a high potential for crop production. To increase crop production in Punjab's barani areas, this PDA evaluated and disseminated rainwater harvesting techniques and introduced efficient water management methods and irrigation systems.

Expected Outcome

  • Identification of issues and possible solutions to soil and water management problems
  • Increase in water productivity

Project Details

Site Punjab, Pakistan
Cost US$50,000
Status Completed
Approved July 2004
Completed September 2006
Category Basin Management
ADB officer Ahsan Tayyab
Partner Agency for Barani Areas of Punjab