National Program for Enhancing Command Area in Barani Areas of Pakistan (Punjab Component)

The Federal PSDP and Provincial ADP funded project "National Program for Enhancing Command Area in Barani Areas of Pakistan – The Punjab Component" envisages to promote an environment friendly, socially sustainable, resource efficient, and economically profitable irrigated agriculture in rainfed areas through integrated development and management of available water resources by strengthening small landholder’s resilience to the climate change

Project objectives

The overall development objective of the project is to enhance agricultural productivity vis-à-vis water productivity. The key objectives include, interalia, the followings.

  1. Enhance crop productivity through developing the land and water resources using modern irrigation methods/ techniques
  2. Developing the command of small/ mini dams for promoting irrigated agriculture
  3. Promote cultivation of high value cash crops using efficient irrigation and agricultural practices for enhancing water productivity to cope with the effects of climate change
  4. Build capacity of farmers to adjust with changing environment and for practicing resource efficient and profitable irrigated agriculture
  5. Increase farm income/profitability of small land holder’s to improve livelihoods
  6. Create job opportunities in rural areas by introducing high value irrigated agriculture
  7. Promotion of fruit crops, oilseeds/pulses and fodder in the barani areas

Key Components

The project components interventions are given below.

  1. Construction of 480 farm ponds for storing rainwater from various sources
  2. Installation of 480 solar pumping systems on farm ponds for operation of high efficiency irrigation systems
  3. Development of 736 dugwells for water source to promote irrigated agriculture
  4. Installation of 736 solar pumping systems at dugwells for operation of high efficiency irrigation systems
  5. Development/ improvement of 600 watercourses carrying water from various sources for enhancing water conveyance efficiency at farm level
  6. Provision of 500 LASER land levelers to the farmers/ service providers for strengthening LASER land leveling services in the Barani areas
  7. Promotion of fruit plants, oilseeds/ pulses crops and fodder/ forage/ range on 6,38316,538 and 11,562 acres, respectively, in command area of small/ mini dams to ensure irrigated agriculture

Project Area

The project will be implemented in rainfed areas of the Punjab province including Attock, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jhelum, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur districts.

Gestation Period

Five  (5) years (2019-20 to 2023-24)

Financial Implications (Rs. million)

  • Total Project Cost:                   3,712.642
    • Government Share:                2,535.802
    • Farmers' Contribution:            1,176.840