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Pakistan has countless blessings of Almighty Allah in shape of natural resources like precious minerals, fertile lands, a variety of four seasons as well as reservoirs of sweet water. This water through a colossal network of canals is fulfilling the needs of  the country's agriculture sector since its inception, a centuary ago.

Punjab's irrigation system consists of a major part of Indus Basin Irrigation System. It is a contiguous system and occupies a pivotal role in Pakistan’s economy and accounts for 80% of the country’s agricultural production. This system consists of 22 main canal systems and 13 barrages/head works. The aggregate length of canals is 23,000 miles with off-taking capacity of 1,30,000 cusecs. Punjab's irrigation system serves 26.78 million acres of culture-able lands and the existing average cropping intensity is 130%. The river supplies are distributed to agricultural fields through a network of main canals, branch canals, distributaries, minors and water-courses.

Punjab Irrigation & Drainage Authority (PIDA) has been set up through an enactment in 1997 at provincial level with representation of farmers. Likewise, Area Water Boards (AWB) at each canal command and Farmer Organizations (FOs) at distributary level have been constituted. At present, five Area Water Boards have been opeartionalised on Lower Chenab Canal (East) Circle Faisalabad, Lower Chenab Canal (West) Circle Faisalabad, Lower Bari Doab Canal Circle Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar Canal Circle Bahawalnagar and Dera Jaat Canal Circle D.G. Khan by establishing Farmer Organizations. These organizations are participating in the management affairs of their distributaries under a comprehensive legal framework. 

Our Vision 

To provide equitable and sustained irrigation to the culture-able land of Punjab, that in turn would result in an increased productivity, social security, poverty alleviation and rural development, thus ensuring that the food security of Punjab and food deficit of the country are met. 


  • To implement the reforms in irrigation sector for improving efficiency of the sysytem;
  • To replace the existing administrative setup and procedures with more responsiv, efficient and transparent arrangement;
  • To formulate and implement policies with a view to continuously improve, achieve economical and effective O&M of the irrigation, drainage and flood control system;
  • To make the irrigation and drainage network sustainable on a long term basis; and
  • To introduce the participation of beneficiaries in the O&M of the irrigation and drainage system.