Rules & Regulations
Indeed it is a great honor and privileged for me to share few words. Agriculture employing above 40 percent of the labour force and contributing more than 20 percent to provincial GDP, is one of the key drivers of growth and an excellent opportunity to practice the diversification into areas with comparative advantages of climate. The role of Agriculture Department is to ensure food security, poverty alleviation and to generate employment opportunities through achieving higher growth rate in this vital sector of the economy. The Department is striving for achieving the future vision i.e. to meet the challenges of 21st century and to develop a vibrant agriculture sector that promotes value addition and helps taps international market for agriculture produce. The line departments of Agriculture include Agriculture Extension, Agriculture Research System, Livestock and Dairy Development, Livestock Research and Development Department, Veterinary Research Institute, On-Farm Water Management, Soil Conservation, Agricultural Engineering, Cooperatives, Crop Reporting Services and Fisheries Department. The line departments are all mandated for ensuring effective service delivery at the farmers doorsteps and provide all out support for the promotion of agriculture sector in the province.
Water is rapidly becoming the key development issue. The region has one of the highest average population growth rates in the world and scarce natural water supplies. As a result, renewable available water in the region has dropped.
Irrigation is an essential component of sustainable agricultural development but it is not a unique sector, since it faces challenges similar to those confronted by other public and private sector economic activities.
Various demand –side policy measures can help shape decisions that encourage water-use efficiency. However, while appropriate policies and regulations are necessary for improved productivity, a variety of additional water- saving measures are required in the irrigation sector.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the underdeveloped province of Pakistan. It has a very weak industrial and agricultural base to support its economy. These is an obvious limit to intensive agriculture and a deficit of 47% in staple foodstuff is projected by the year 2020.As rainfall in KPK is insufficient and poor distributed through the year, the need for adequate and regular supply of irrigation water is imperative. It is therefore, high time to plan and implement strategies to make use of the water resources available.