Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday assured a visiting World Bank team that it would complete all the projects funded by it in the next five years rather than the stipulated time line of seven years.
The assurance, to the team led by Jun Matsumoto, was given by Irrigation Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, who also claimed that the state had set a new record by increasing the flow in the Lower Ganga Irrigation System from 4,200 cusecs to 6,380 cusecs.
Yadav also promised the World Bank team to take them on a chopper ride on their next visit to 16 districts where World Bank-aided schemes and projects are underway so they can themselves see the progress and meet the 1 lakh beneficiaries.
The World Bank on Monday approved a $125 million loan for Sri Lanka to help small farmers improve productivity and tackle climate change.
The programme will benefit more than 470,000 small farmers in six provinces in the dry zone of the country, selected for being most exposed to climate impacts, the World Bank said in a statement cited by Xinhua news agency.
Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts with hundreds of people killed in recent years, the report said.
“Innovation, including the introduction of improved crop varieties, cropping patterns, water resources management, among others, can help farmers adapt to changing climate and improve their incomes and livelihoods,” said World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough.