lahore - The Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority (PIDA) has strengthened the institutional role of farmers organizations in the irrigation sector reforms and this has helped to curtail non-developmental expenditures, said PIDA General Manager Mian Maqbool Ahmad while presiding over a departmental meeting here on Thursday.

The meeting held a detailed review of capacity building programmes of the FOs and termed them important in achieving the goals and objectives of irrigation sector reforms. PIDA GM was informed that first phase of training of general body and management committee members of farmers organizations in the area water boards of Derajat Canal Circle Dera Ghazi Khan and Lower Bari Doab Canal Circle Sahiwal had been completed. The participants were apprised about different technical, revenue and administrative issues pertaining to the irrigation sector so that they could perform their functions in an amicable and professional way. The meeting was informed that comprehensive training plan for the farmer members of these two area water boards has also been chalked out and will be implemented soon. Mian Maqbool expressed satisfaction that practical training of 70 farmer organizations of Bahawalnagar Canal Circle area water board had been completed. This training process would help to ensure efficient distribution of water, curtailing water theft as well as better collection of Abiana, said in the meeting.