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Mega irrigation projects always bring problems and sometimes it is not easy to solve it. Such a countries like Pakistan, total annual cost of crop losses from salinity in PAkistan have been estimated at between 15 and 55 billion rupees (Rs) per year. This is in addition to the Rs15 billion estimated to have been lost from the land that has been rendered unproductive. Drainage is extremely important in Sindh province, however, because of the lack of management and maintenance not only dugged drainage canals collapse... »»

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Welcome to TheWaterChannel, home to hundreds of videos and dossiers on key water themes! The latest dossier is ‘Mega Irrigation.’ Watch videos, webinars, news and blogs.... and share your own!

 

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