NOWSHERA -- The provincial Irrigation Minister Liaqat Khattak said on Thursday the government was taking serious measures to construct rain-fed dams to bring barren lands under cultivation in the province.
During inspection of ongoing construction work on Jalazoi and Jaroba small dams, the minister said the province had vast cultivable areas but irrigation water was not available, necessitating construction of low-cost small dams to increase production of crops apart from turning more barren parts into cultivable land.
The concerned officials gave briefing to the minister regarding various issues regarding those ongoing projects.
The irrigation minister said the agriculture sector was neglected in the past, but this government was taking solid measures to shore up the vital sector by strengthening growers and farmers economically.
He said that country's economic was heavily dependent on the agriculture sector and the country's economy would strengthen and nation would become prosperous as more crop would be grow as a result of more water reservoirs.
The minister went on to say that the country's trade deficit would also come down as more lands were brought under cultivation and more yield was produced by feeding water from those rain-fed dams.
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