Innovative Water and Hazard Management Package of Practices

The initiative has sought alternatives to glacier melt-dependent irrigation, leveraging local partner expertise in agricultural water and hazard management and research. In Morkhun and Popdon (Passu), apple orchards have been established in previously uncultivated land using drip irrigation and mulching enabled by solar lift irrigation sourcing water from the Hunza and Simsal rivers. Future sites will integrate orchards, and vegetable and fodder cultivation. Hydro ram pumps will lift water and a drip system will be used to irrigate fields. A women’s group in Passu has demonstrated sea buckthorn as a river bank erosion control measure with income generation potential.