Special task force to check water theft


Irrigation Minister Amanat Ullah Khan Shadi Khel said that a special task force will be constituted to check incidents of water theft across the province. He was talking to the media before holding a session with farmers to listen to their problems related to irrigation and agriculture here at Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) on Saturday.
The minister said that all possible steps are being taken to resolve issues faced by farmers. He said that it is top priority of the Punjab government to provide maximum facilities to farmers.
He said that the major issue was water theft and its distribution, which would be resolved soon. He said that he would present a report on all these issues, being faced by farmers, to Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif during the next week.
He said that a special task force was being constituted, led by a senior officer, to check water theft. Agriculture Minister Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Khan Bhabha told the media on the occasion that the government was paying special attention to cotton sowing and 40 per cent extra cotton would be sown this year compared with the last year.
He said that availability of fertilizers and pesticides was being ensured in the market to facilitate farmers. He said that a bumper wheat crop had been reaped this year due to farmer-friendly policies of the government.
Bhabha said that quality of fertilizer and pesticide was being monitored properly. He said that the provincial government and the Kissan Ittehad were on the same page to solve problems of farmers. Later, both the ministers listened to problems of farmers and issued orders for solving them.—APP

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