Agriculture is, indeed, the mainstay of our economy and irrigation plays a crucial role in our agriculture. However, there is a growing concern that Sindh province is moving into an era of water scarcity. With increasing demand for food and competing use within the water sector, the pressure is on irrigation professionals to manage water efficiently. The rallying cry is "more crops per drop". While visiting various parts of the province during the last month, I was really shocked to witness that nothing tangible has been done to improve the water management for a more efficient use of available water resources. It was alleged that the allocated funds as per past practice, during the last five years were also misappropriated by both the ministers and irrigation engineers. As a result, many of them have become millionaires, rather there is no exaggeration to say, billionaires during the last five years. That’s why the irrigation system in Sindh is in a bad shape, the canals are in a decrepit condition, and these are not properly maintained look at Rice Canal and Dadu Canal. There are encroachments along both sides of the banks, operations are inadequate and water does not reach the tail-end growers. The irrigation engineers and officials are reported to charge commissions and kickbacks from the growers. They usually charge a hefty amount from the growers, then, release water to them, and that also inadequate for cultivation purpose.In this backdrop, it is proposed that strategic decisions and interventions should be made on a continuous basis. These decisions should cover the full spectrum of the irrigation water supply system, from diversion and distribution to on-farm application down to the crop root zone. Besides this, these initiatives may also be taken, after this season, to reinvigorate the irrigation system in the province because the existing irrigation system is in a bad shape, as the money allocated for its modernization has been embezzled, both, by the past successive ministers and the irrigation department engineers and senior officials. First the canals should be upgraded, there should be construction and lining of field channels and water courses, land leveling and shaping may be done quickly as well and the construction of field drains may be done. Adoption and enforcement of a suitable cropping pattern may be done across the province, tree plantation, along both sides of all canals, water channels, water courses, should be done throughout the province and for this purpose this is an appropriate season. Above all, strengthening the existing extension, training and demonstration organizations should be done properly. I am sure that if the above given steps are taken with determination the irrigation system of the province could improve tremendously and it will revolutionise the socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the people in the province. HASHIM ABRO, Islamabad, June 10.