land development policy will be irrigation water oriented, reclamation of
previously fertile but now deserted lands and land abandoned due to water
logging and salinity for long time or to non-availability of irrigation water
including riverain areas and land gone out of cultivation due to lack of annual
floods in the Indus. The following will in general be the approach to land
Whatever land has gone out of cultivation due to water logging and salinity
will be developed by suitable drainage techniques.
Use of Pancho water and draining it into low lycing areas has not increased
yield but made such depressions unfertile and this accounts for 25-30% of
total in the rice area. Construction of RBOD will be expedited and such lands
reclaimed by removal of salts. It will be an easy task as removal of salts by
flashing will coincide with inundation season and no salt damage will occur on
the down stream side of lands being reclaimed. Some of these depressions if
deep, after reclamation can be converted into fish ponds.
Riverain area lands will be developed by tube-wells, wherever fresh water is
available and by surface water from adjoining canals of barrage area wherever
ground water is brackish.
Encouragement will be given to Sailabi cultivation in Kohistan, Kachho, nara
and Thar areas and for this purpose, equipment and technical know-how will be
Special programs will be initiated in Thatta district, where lot of
agriculture and pasture land has gone out of cultivation due to high tide
waters reaching Thatta, Sajawal Bridge in the bed of the river and seeping
into adjoining fields as well as into riverain areas.
Natural lakes existing in rice area will be filled up with fresh water during
summer and used for irrigation of winter crops fish and water loving economic
Wherever fresh ground water is available it will be used for development of
lands in the area.