Peshawar: Today in Banda Sheikh Ismail, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, visited an ongoing U.S. project to restore flood-damaged irrigation canals.
In total, the U.S. is restoring 1000 flood-damaged canals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Balochistan as part of assistance to the areas affected by the 2010 floods.
“Agriculture plays an important role for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” said Dr. Wyatt, who placed a brick in one of the canals being restored. “I hope this project will help you continue to recover from last year’s devastating floods.”
The project is one of many undertaken by the U.S. government in cooperation with Pakistan to restore self-sufficiency to farmers affected by floods. Additional measures include providing seed, fertilizer, livestock feed, and medicine to more than 500,000 farmers in three provinces. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province alone, more than 400 irrigation canals in 12 districts have been restored, amounting to 12,000 kilometers.
This project funded by the American people is being implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and Pakistani Provincial Disaster Management Authorities.
For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Tel: +9251-208 0000
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