Agri App

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

In or­der to help the Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment put a stop to wa­ter theft from ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels in the Punjab, the Punjab In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Board (PITB) has re­leased a smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion that will mon­i­tor the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem for any dis­crep­an­cies.

A re­cent re­port re­leased by the Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment of Punjab states that farm­ers at the tail-ends of the wa­ter chan­nels in the re­gion were be­ing de­prived of nearly 60% to 65% of their share by land­lords lo­cated up­stream. This in turn caused ma­jor hur­dles in proper agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and even re­sulted in per­fectly fer­tile land be­com­ing bar­ren as a re­sult of a lack of wa­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to PITB Chair­man, Umar Saif, the ap­pli­ca­tion will be able to col­lect rel­e­vant data in real-time which will in­clude geo-tagged pic­to­rial ev­i­dence of wa­ter theft. The tool is said to act as a ma­jor de­ter­rent against em­bez­zle­ment and mal­prac­tices in the Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment. The Chair­man said the ap­pli­ca­tion will be used by bel­daars, gauge read­ers, sub-engi­neers and chief engi­neers so that they may mon­i­tor wa­ter theft, main­te­nance work and de­vel­op­ment schemes.

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