MULTAN - Punjab Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh has said that the provincial government has launched different irrigation reforms and agriculture projects at a cost of Rs36 billion to boost agriculture sector.

Addressing a meeting of irrigation officers on Saturday, he said that the Punjab Government was determined to save and utilize every single drop of water and projects like drip and sprinkler irrigation, laser land levelling and watercourse lining were launched to achieve this goal. He directed the officials to complete de-silting of canals till January 31 and strengthen the banks. He issued orders for launching of crackdown on irrigation officials involved in water theft, saying water supply to the tail farmers would be ensured whatsoever. He further directed the officers and field staff of agriculture department to go village to village and guide the farmers for getting high yield. He warned that action would be taken against the concerned officer if the business of fake pesticide or fertilizer was traced in any area.