Directorate of Irrigation

The Directorate of Irrigation has been involved in developing and managing surface and ground water resources as well as undertaking flood mitigation measures. It is headed by a director with his representative in each agency. The main function of the directorate is to utilize available water in an efficient way to achieve high intensity irrigation, construct storage reservoirs at floodways (flood nullahs) for the utilization of barren land for agriculture, tap small to medium hydro power potential, explore ground water potential and make best use through dug wells/tube wells for land beyond the command of perennial source. Apart from this, the directorate manages the flood flows in rivers by designing of flood protection mechanisms to protect land. The directorate has been striving to introduce new technologies through the promotion of a high efficiency system of irrigation, like drip and sprinkle.

Strengths and Opportunities

  • The initiatives that have been taken in the sector have contributed considerably in the promotion of agricultural activities by providing more water and protecting productive land from erosion.
  • FATA has important rivers namely; Kurram, Tochi, Bara, Wana Toi, Mastora, Khaisora, Seiko Khawar Danish Kool, holding irrigation potential.
  • New irrigation techniques like drip irrigation and sprinkling introduced in FATA has shown very encouraging results, especially in Kurram Agency, which needs to be replicated on a large scale in other agencies.
  • The irrigation, water management and power sector induces a multiplier impact on the overall quality of life.
  • Good irrigation networks can make more water available for agriculture, resulting in high yields and immediate financial returns to farmers and families.
  • Efficient water management makes available additional water for irrigation and contributes in recharging ground water for multiple uses.
  • The development of the power sector not only augments the existing electricity needs but also helps in efficient management of water sources.

Development Strategy

  • Efficient water management, both of source and infrastructure, is needed to minimize water loss.
  • Harnessing the seasonal runoff to increase the water resources for irrigation.
  • Scaling up of existing efficient irrigation initiatives within FATA.
  • Harvesting the potential surface water source for irrigation and power generation
  • Rehabilitation program for non-operational tube wells in areas having ground water.
  • Conservation and recharge of underground water sources to meet future water needs.
  • Requirements based decision-making and financial resource allocation for the sector.
  • Institutional strengthening and technical capacity building of the directorate and service providers.