ISLAMABAD- The World Bank today approved US$138 million additional financing for the Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project to improve effectiveness of the irrigation system in the province.

Sindh is one of the primary beneficiaries of Indus Basin Irrigation System with three major barrages that divert 48 million acre feet of water annually to the 14 main canal commands in the province.

Also, Sindh is one of the poorest regions of the country, and 56 percent of household income in the province comes from agriculture.

The project is expected to benefit over 600,000 farm-households. “Harnessing the development potential of the Indus Basin Irrigation System is essential to Pakistan’s agriculture sector, which is a major source of employment in the country,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank’s country director for Pakistan.