Irrigation and Power

irrigation
Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area which spreads virtually as a plateau over 347,185 square Kilometers. constituting 44% of the total area of Pakistan.

The population of Balochistan is currently estimated around 7.0 million. Approximately 85% of the population lives in rural areas and main’y depend on agriculture and livestock as sources of livelihood.

The Irrigation Department came under the Administrative control of Provincial Government since 1970 when the One Unit was disintegrated and Balochistan Province was formed.


Since its inception the Irrigation Department is busy in harnessing precious & scarce quantity of water available in small streams, springs, hill-torrents through constructing small weirs, lining of channels, flood diversion structures, & small storage & delay action dams in the province for enhance agriculture production. The general information regarding land use utilization in the Province is as under:

Present Land use Statistics
According to the Agriculture Statistics of Balochistan (1996-97) the different land uses are as follows:

S.No
Description
Area (MHa)
1
Area not available for cultivation (58.6%)
20.346
2
Forest (5%)
1.875
3
Culturable Waste1 (25.1%)
8.715
4
Fallow (6.5%)
2.257
5
Net sown
1.528
Total Geographical Area
34.720