U.S. Promotes Efficient Water Management in Pakistan (June 15, 2012)
U.S. Promotes Efficient Water Management in Pakistan
USAID Sponsors Efficient Water Management Study Tour to the United States
For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Raines,
Nine Government officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces leave tomorrow on a ten-day study tour to the United States sponsored by the U.S. government to learn about irrigation water management practices. The study tour is being organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Pakistan’s provinces establish efficient water management policies, design high efficiency irrigation systems, and enhance agricultural productivity and marketing linkages.
"Pakistan is facing an extreme water crisis that hinders food production and economic growth. This initiative is designed to boost Pakistan’s economy by introducing international best practices in the water management in the agriculture sector,” said USAID Acting Deputy Country Director, Jeff Bakken. “This initiative is just one small part of the U.S.’s commitment to supporting Pakistan’s agricultural sector."
The study tour will be hosted by the Colorado State University (CSU), a University internationally renowned for its research and educational programs related to water management solutions, farm water management, efficient irrigation systems, and water policy reforms. Participants will visit an irrigation project, a land cooperative, packing sheds, agri-businesses, and farms where they will learn various aspect of water management in the agricultural sector.