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Bahawalnagar Canal

Bahawalnagar is an important district which is located in southern part of Punjab province. According to the National Census of 1998, total population of the district is more than two million; spread over an area of 8878 sq. km, comprising of five tehsils and 118 union councils, it is a defunct state of Bahawalpur. After the partition in 1947, the district faced an influence of migrates from India. The district had rich agricultural lands since older days and the new migrants tilled it to transform the vast lands into rich agricultural assets. The local farmers are lucky to have a network of canals and distributaries which greatly helped in increasing productivity.

After the introduction of Irrigation Sector Reforms in Punjab during 1999, three of the distributary canals in Bahawalnagar Canal Circle were handed over to the farming community to self-manage the canal affairs. As the pilot project turned out very successful; the specter of reforms was further extended to other areas in the province to give a sense of ownership and participation to the farmers.

At present, under the reforms program, PIDA has framed 70 Farmer Organizations in Bahawalnagar Canal Circle.


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