LAKKI MARWAT, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Nov, 2016 ) : Members of district council and farmers organizations have urged the authorities concerned to release water in Marwat Canal after being carried out its repair and maintenance work upto tail-end areas. Talking to media persons, Malik Naseer Khan, Mulana Ashgar Ali and Tariq Qadeer Khan said several hectares of land was lying barren due to non-availability of irrigation water for tail-end areas of the canal and mounting financial problems for farmers.
While on the other hand, they added that revenue department was regularly collecting revenues from the farmers who have demanded of the provincial irrigation minister to dispatch a team to take stock of situation and address the issue. They threatened a series of protests would be launched if their genuine demands were not met. They added that growers were facing serious financial crises due to the continuous drought. They also said the government was needed to take concrete measures for boosting the agriculture sector of the district, which was badly hit by flood in past and caused massive destruction to the standing crops.
They said the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should facilitate the livestock farmers of the district, where minimum or no livestock services were available to the farmers, adding that initiative could lead to the development of dairy development. Meanwhile, District Nazim Ashfaq Ahmed Khan Minakhel told APP that effective measures were being taken for ensuring all necessities of life to people of the district. He said it had been long- standing demand of people of certain areas to provide them clean drinking water while presently many tube wells were lying dysfunctional.
In this regard, a comprehensive plan had been worked out and provision of clean drinking water was at the top of the agenda to avoid water-borne diseases and bring the district at par with developed areas of the country. He said that directives had been issued to the irrigation department to take tangible measures for repairing all those tube wells, which had been out of orders and people were deprived of clean drinking water. He said roads linking different villages of the districts were in bad shape, causing inconvenience to the people of the area. He added that the issue was being taken up with all the concerned officials to improve communication infrastructure in the district.