Pilot Testing of Innovative Technologies to Improve Water Use Efficiency

The Federal PSDP and Provincial ADP funded project "National Program for Improvement of Watercourses in Pakistan (Phase-II) (NPIW-II) - The Punjab Component  envisages lining of watercourses according to engineering design. Its key objective is to enhance conveyance efficiency which in turn would result in saving of water and improvement in water productivity at the farm level.

Project objectives

The overall project objective is to improve water productivity i.e. producing more crop per drop. It will be achieved through increasing water delivery/ conveyance efficiency, enhancing irrigation application efficiency and promoting on farm water storage for ensuring irrigation of crops at critical stages of growth. The project objectives would contribute towards increasing water productivity vis-à-vis agricultural production, higher incomes from the farming, more employment opportunities in rural areas, better living standards of the farmers, and positive environment outcomes.
The proposed project will have following key objectives.
i)  Improve productivity of irrigation water through efficient conveyance and its effective farm level use by adopting water conservation techniques.
ii)  Strengthen private sector service delivery capacity and sustainability for supporting irrigated agriculture.
iii) Build capacity of stakeholders in better management of irrigation water for attaining higher crop yields with less production costs.                                


Key Components   

The major activities to be carried out under the NPIW-II would include, interalia, the followings

  • Improvement of 2,500 unimproved watercourses upto 50% of total length for enhancing conveyance efficiency
  • Additional lining of 7,500 partially improved watercourses upto 50% of length to harness potential of watercourse improvement
  • Provision of 9,500 LASER land levelers to the farmers/ service providers for strengthening LASER land leveling services in the private sector
  • Construction of 3,000 on-farm water storage ponds in irrigated areas for storing excess canal/ rainwater for supplemental irrigation


The proposed project interventions will be implemented in Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC) command area. It is planned that the efficacy of the soil moisture measurement gadgets will be evaluated at Water Management Research Farm (WMRF), Renala Khurd, district Okara while demonstration of climate smart interventions will be carried out at 18 technology transfer centers (TTCs) to be established at nine (09) tehsil (Pattoki, Okara, Renalakhurd, Sahiwal, Chichawatni, Khanewal, Mianchannu, Jahanian and Kabirwala) of four (04) districts (Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal and Khanewal) in entire LBDC command.

Gestation Period

Three (3) years (2019-20 to -2021-22)

Physical of Financial Implications (Rs. million)