Pakistan has one of the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world where more than 93% water is used in agriculture. This is the area where maximum losses occur. For example, more than 60% of the water is lost during conveyance and during application in the fields mainly due to the poor maintenance of the irrigation system and conventional irrigation methods. Hence, a small saving in the agriculture sector would transform into huge water saving. Therefore, PCRWR major research focus is on agriculture.
The major activities of water management is to conduct research and development for the conservation and efficient utilization of available water resources to meet the current water demand for various sectors in general and agriculture in particular, as well as planning for future demands. The research and development activities are focused on major areas: