Frequently Asked Questions

Solar System

  • Application forms can be obtained free of cost from the offices of Divisional Director Agriculture (OFWM), Deputy Director Agriculture (OFWM) or Assistant Director Agriculture (OFWM). The application forms can also be downloaded from OFWM website
  • Applicant is required to attach following documents with the application form
    • Fard Jamabandi
    • Valid copy of National Identity card
    • Affidavit on stamp paper
  • Installation of Drip/Sprinkler Irrigation System is pre-requisite for Solar System installation
  • Approximate estimated cost of Solar System is Rs.150,000/- per acre
  • Government subsidy is 80 percent of total cost for Solar System
  • Farmer contribution is 20 percent
  • Applications will be received in the office of Deputy Director Agriculture (OFWM) till 31st January, 2017

Tunnel subsidy

  • Application forms can be obtained free of cost from the offices of Divisional Director Agriculture (OFWM), Deputy Director Agriculture (OFWM) or Assistant Director Agriculture (OFWM). The application forms can also be downloaded from OFWM website
  • Applicant is required to attach following documents with the application form
    • Fard Jamabandi
    • Valid copy of National Identity card
    • Affidavit on stamp paper
  • Installation of Drip Irrigation System is pre-requisite for availing subsidy of tunnel
  • Approximate cost of walk-in tunnel is Rs.450,000/- per acre
  • Government subsidy is 50 percent of total cost but not more than Rs.225,000/- per acre
  • Farmer contribution is 50 percent
  • Subsidy will be provided after installation of tunnel as per departmental standards and specifications
  • Applications will be received in the office of Deputy Director Agriculture (OFWM) till 31st January, 2017

Drip Irrigation

Laser Land Leveling

Watercourse Improvement

Drip Irrigation

 

What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation, also called as trickle/micro irrigation, is the most efficient technology that makes highly effective use of water, fertilizers, and other nutrients for crop production. Its main principle is to apply water and other inputs slowly, regularly, and frequently as close to the plant roots as possible through emitters installed on plastic pipes laid out in the field.

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What are the benefits of Drip Irrigation?
The impact assessment studies for performance evaluation of drip/sprinkler irrigation on sugarcane, citrus, potato, wheat, and gram have exhibited following impacts vis-a-vis conventional irrigation methods.
 
Water saving
(75 percent)
Increase in yield
(20 to 100 percent)
Reduction in production cost
(20 to 35 percent)
Less requirement of labour for
irrigation management (30 percent)
Enhancement in 
irrigated area
Better 
produce quality
Uniform and better 
seed germination
Suitable for 
uneven topography
 
 
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What crops can be grown on Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation can be practiced on variety of soil conditions e.g. uneven topography, odd field configurations, rolling sandy areas, long lengths of run etc. The drip system is best suited for orchards and high value row crops such as vegetables, cotton, maize, sugarcane etc. 
 
   

How much subsidy is provided by the Government for installation of drip irrigation system? 
The government subsidizes 60 percent of total system cost for installation of drip irrigation system on upto 15 acres while the remaining expenditure is contributed by the beneficiary farmers (40 percent). In addition, government provides Rs. 10,000 per acre of scheme area for construction of water storage pond, if needed, on the basis of site specific technical requirements.

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What is average cost for installation of drip irrigation system? 
The cost for installation of drip irrigation depends on the crop to be grown, however, the average cost is Rs. 100,000-140,000.
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Which areas are included in the subsidy scheme? 
The subsidy for installation of drip irrigation system is available for the entire Punjab province.
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What crops are most suitable for drip irrigation systems?
This system is most suitable for orchards and vegetables.
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What is the procedure for installation of drip irrigation system?
Agriculture Department has pre-qualified supply and service companies (SSCs) for installation of drip irrigation systems. The SSCs install these systems on turn-key basis and provide post installation engineering and agronomic backup support services to the farmers.
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Where the forms are available to avail subsidy for installation of drip irrigation system and where to submit the application?
The interested farmers obtain the application form from provincial, regional, district, and tehsil level OFWM offices and submit the filled-in forms along with necessary documents to the concerned District Officer (OFWM) for further processing. The application form can also be downloaded from OFWM website (www.ofwm.agripunjab.gov.pk)
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What are the main components/parts of drip irrigation system?
There are three main components of drip irrigation system.
  • Head Unit (filtration unit, pump & motor/engine, gauges)
  • Conveyance system (mainline, sub mainlines)
  • Emitting system (laterals, emitters)
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Is there any technical assistance for operation and maintenance of drip irrigation?
Yes, the supply and services companies provide post installation engineering and agronomic backup support services to the farmers for two years.
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Where to get the additional information regarding drip irrigation?
The additional information can be obtained from provincial, regional, district, and tehsil level OFWM offices as well as from OFWM website (www.ofwm.agripunjab.gov.pk).
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LASER Land Leveling 

 
   
What is Precision Land Leveling and LASER technology?
Precision land leveling (PLL) is a mechanical process of grading and smoothing the land to a precise and uniform plane surface at grade or no grade (zero slope) with variation of less than 2cm. The LASER technology has proved to be a highly efficient tool for achieving a high degree of precision for carrying out PLL operations in much lesser time.
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What are the benefits of LASER land leveling?
LASER land leveling is an ideal intervention for improving water application efficiency and enhancing crop yields. An impact assessment study carried out by Planning and Evaluation Cell of Agriculture Department during 2008 reveals its following impacts.
  • Saving in irrigation time from 25.1 to 32.1 percent
  • Increase in irrigated area by 34.5 to 42.0 percent
  • Improvement in crop yields from 10.7 to 12.9 percent
  • Reduction in farm cultureable waste land by 2.10 percent
  • Facilitation in better crop stand, uniform moisture availability and enhanced fertilizer use efficiency
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Is there any Government scheme for provision of LASER land levelers to the farmers?
Yes, the LASER units are being provided on subsidy to the farmers/service providers under the “Punjab Irrigated-Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project” and ADP funded "Provision of LASER Land Levelers to Farmers/Service Prviders on Subsidized Cost" Projects 
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How much subsidy is provided by the Government for LASER unit? 
One time financial assistance of Rs. 450,000 per unit is provided to the farmers/service providers.
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What is total cost of LASER Unit? 
The total cost of LASER unit is Rs. 470,000-585,000.
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What is the eligibility criteria to apply for LASER units?
An applicant is eligible for the grant of financial assistance provided that the person.
  • possesses a tractor capable of operating LASER unit; 
  • is owner/tenant/lease and self cultivator of land not more than 12.5 acres and is preferably agricultural machinery service provider or an agricultural graduate possessing requisite land ownership;
  • agrees to rent out the equipment for LASER land leveling in the area;
  • undertakes to carry out/provide rental services for LASER land leveling of 300 acres per unit annually during project period; and
  • is liable to pay full amount of financial assistance received for the purpose as arrears of land revenue in case of violation of any of the conditions of the scheme.
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What is the procedure to apply for availing subsidy of LASER unit and where to get the application forms?
Agriculture Department invites applications through advertisement in the press from the farmers interested to work as service providers for LASER land leveling rental services. The interested farmers obtain the application form from provincial, regional, district, and tehsil level OFWM offices and submit the filled-in forms along with necessary documents to the concerned District Officer (OFWM) for further processing. The application form can also be downloaded from OFWM website (www.ofwm.agripunjab.gov.pk).
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Who supplies the LASER Unit? 
The agriculture Department has pre-qualified the supply and service companies for provision of LASER land levers to the farmers/service providers.
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Where to get the additional information regarding LASER land leveling?
The additional information can be obtained from provincial, regional, district, and tehsil level OFWM offices as well as from OFWM website (www.ofwm.agripunjab.gov.pk).

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Watercourse Improvement 

 
What is Watercourse Improvement and its benefits?
The watercourse improvement / renovation consists of complete demolishing of community channel and its rebuilding/re-aligning according to the engineering design to increase conveyance efficiency by reducing seepage, evaporation, and operational losses. Different studies conducted by national and international organization reveals that watercourse improvement is highly cost effective option for improving water productivity. The salient findings highlighted therein are summarized the Impact Extent below. 
  • Annual water saving (acre feet) 123 (%)
  • Improvement in crop yields  2-15 (%)
  • Increase in cropping intensity  4 (%)
  • Saving in irrigation time 28 (%)
  • Expansion in irrigated area 21 (%)
  • Reduction in labor for irrigation 50 (%)
  • Enhancement in farm incomes 15 (%)
  • Decrease in conveyance losses  39 (%)
  • Curtailment in saline area  87 (%)
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What is the cost sharing for Watercourse Improvement?
The government is providing entire cost of construction materials besides providing technical guidance while the farmers are required to contribute entire labour costs for improvement of the watercourses as per following provisions. 

Farmers
Contribute entire labour costs for:

Government
Provides entire material costs for:
  • Demolishing and reconstruction of katcha watercourse
  • Excavation for the portion to be lined
  • Back earth filling of structures and lined section
  • Masons and unskilled labour of all civil works
  • Lining and structures
  • Technical assistance and supervisory support

 

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How much length of the watercourse is lined? 
The lining of watercourses would be carried out upto 50 percent of total length of community channels.
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What is the merit/preference for Watercourse Improvement? 
The watercourse improvement is being carried out on first come first service basis.
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What are the basic conditions for Watercourse Improvement? 
  • Watercourse has not been previously improved
  • 51 percent of the shareholders agree for watercourse improvement
  • The route of watercourse is being certified by the Irrigation Department
  • The farmers are willing to form a water users association (WUA) and agree with the cost sharing arrangements
  • The shareholders agree to re-construct katcha portion of the watercourse prior to commencement of lining work.
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What is the total cost of Watercourse Improvement?
The average cost for improving the watercourse is Rs. 2,000,000-2,200,000 out of which Rs. 1,300,000-1,400,000 is being spent on procurement of construction material and remaining on labor. 
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What is cost share arrangment for Watercourse Improvement?
The government is providing entire cost of construction materials while the farmers are required to contribute entire labour costs for improvement of the watercourse.
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What is the life of an improved watercourse?
The life of an improved watercourse depends on its maintenance by the users, however, the average life is 10-15 years.
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Who takes care of watercourse after its improvement?
The maintenance of an improved watercourse is the responsibility of the Water Users Association.
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Who procure the construction material and what is the procurement procedure?
The Water User Association procure the construction materials on the rates fixed by the District Rate Committee for the tehsil/cluster. The PISCs (NESPAK) carry out spot checking and third party validation/final verification of improvement works. 
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Where to get the additional information regarding Watercourse Improvement?
The additional information can be obtained from provincial, regional, district, and tehsil level OFWM offices as well as from OFWM website www.ofwm.agripunjab.gov.pk
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