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The Government of Japan grants US$ 96,660 for Construction of Concrete Irrigation Channel in Peshawar

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Islamabad: 1st February, 2012

The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support of US$ 96,660 (approx. Rs 8.3 million) to the NGO RORWALI for the construction of Concrete Irrigation Channel in Village Thakhtabad, District Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The agreement for the project was signed on Wednesday, 1st February 2012, between Mr. Hiroshi OE, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Chairman of RORWALI, at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Islamabad.

The purpose of the project is to achieve constant and timely provision of irrigation water in the project area by cementing existing unpaved and muddy irrigation channel. Through this project, farmers in the village and its surroundings will get water with consistent flow throughout the year, and even farmers on the tail of channel would also have sufficient water to irrigate their farmlands. This project is expected to benefit about 1,300 households (approx. 13,000 individuals). Furthermore, availability of sufficient water will contribute to increase the production of the agricultural crops in the project area.

At the signing ceremony, Ambassador OE stressed that improvement of irrigation facilities and rural development is one of the priorities in Japan’s assistance policy towards Pakistan. He expressed his hope that this project would contribute to improve the income of the community of the project area by increasing farm products. He believes that such assistance by the Government and people of Japan will further cement the existing friendly relations between the peoples of Japan and Pakistan. (End)