May 20, 2016: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tando Jam today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support research and exchange of technical expertise leading to sustainable development of land and water resources in Pakistan. The major areas to be covered under the MoU include water conservation, water logging and salinity and cropping patterns etc.
WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood and SAU Tando Jam Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mujeeb-ud-Din Memon signed the MoU on behalf of their organizations.
The ceremony was attended by Sindh Abadgar Board and Sindh Chamber of Agriculture office bearers, SAU Tando Jam faculty members, WAPDA General Manager (Projects) South and other WAPDA officers.
Addressing the ceremony, WAPDA Chairman said that agriculture sector uses about 90% water in Pakistan, therefore, prudent use of water in this sector is all the more important to conserve this vital resource by introducing high efficiency irrigation techniques instead of the conventional technique of flood irrigation. By adopting latest irrigation techniques, we will not only be able to control wastage of water but also enhance its productivity. Besides engaging other stakeholders, WAPDA has also been reaching out the academia in a bid to promote the culture of water conservation, he further said. The Chairman apprised the audience that WAPDA had earlier signed two MoUs for the purpose one each with Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro and University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He suggested that SAU, under the MoU with WAPDA, could also undertake research on water issues of the country and how could these be resolved.
Responding to a question, WAPDA Chairman said that we should not refuse to talk to each other. The provinces should sit together to negotiate water issues e.g. the points mentioned by ANG Abbasi in his report, sea intrusion and construction of new water reservoirs etc. and try to reach accords on all such issues.
Later, SAU Tando Jam Vice Chancellor termed the signing of MoU between WAPDA and his university a good omen for water and agriculture sectors in the country, adding that their mutual cooperation will help promote more productive use of land and water resources. He expressed the hope that both organizations will effectively work together in the areas identified in the MoU.
WAPDA General Manager (Projects) South made a brief deliberation about the objectives of the MoU.