Regional Office PCRWR Lahore in cooperation with District Administration of the Toba Tek Singh organized an "Awareness Seminar on Bed Plantation of the Rice and Wheat crops" in District Hall T.T Singh on April 12, 2016. The District Coordination Officer Mr. Aamir Ejaz was the guest of honor. Assistant Commissioner Kamalia, Mr. Muhammad Khalid organized/supervised the event. Mr.Shahzad Sabir EDO Agriculture, Mr.Shahid Iftikhar Bukhari DO Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Shabir, DO Water Management, Mr Muhamaad Rafique Suroya; Executive Engineer PHD and Mr. Khalid Mehmood DDO Agriculture also participated in the Seminar. The concerned Agriculture Officers, Field Assistants and more than fifty progressive farmers from different areas of the district also attended the seminar.
Indeed, it was my pleasure to present and highlighted the current scenario, future challenges of the water resources in the country, preventive measures and management strategies for water conservation. Specially, change the conventional irrigation method (flood) with bed plantation (most economical and viable irrigation method).
The seminar concluded on following future collaborations:
1. District Government of T.T Singh will coordinate with the farmers and manage around 100 acres for bed plantation of rice crop in current Kharif season. For the wheat crop, area will be increased. PCRWR will provide technical assistance and training to the farmers and will install tensiometers in bed plantation fields.
2. Public Health department is willing for execution of artificial recharge units in brackish groundwater area using rainwater. PCRWR will provide technical assistance. Executive Engineer PHD will select the sites for intervention, which will be visited jointly and design will be prepared accordingly.
Cooperation of DCO T.T Singh Mr. Aamir Ejaz and AC Kamalia Mr. Muhammad Khalid really appreciated. I am not looking more gap between bed plantation technologies and its diffusion & adaptation in T.T Singh.