During the current fiscal year 2009 - 2010, the FATA Secretariat has completed as well as undertaken a number of irrigation development initiatives at a total cost of Rs. 650 Million covering feasibility/construction of small dams, carrying feasibility studies of new hydel power generation units etc. According to information shared by the Directorate of Information FATA, it was also learnt that there had been a considerable expansion in the annual development funds which were spent on the improvement of irrigation systems after the establishment of the FATA Secretariat as the yearly statistics prior to FATA Secretariat's creation revealed an annual budget amounting to Rs. 79.0 Million for the financial year 2002 - 2003. According to a report, Director Irrigation and Power FATA, Shaukat Afridi, while conferring about the objectives and goals said that there existed a vast potential for increasing irrigated agriculture in FATA through proper conservation and utilization of rainfall runoff, which had the capacity to provide irrigation facility to 0.443 million acres over the next five years which was more than a 100% increase in the irrigation land. "A major chunk of the population in FATA banks on water resources for drawing their livelihoods, which makes development of an efficient irrigation system our top priority", he added. The report further elucidated that irrigation, water management and power sector has had a multiplier effect on the quality of life. Properly constructed irrigation networks made more water available for agriculture, resulting in much higher yields and immediate financial returns. Efficient water management created additional supplies for irrigation as it recharged ground water for multiple uses. Besides serving existing needs, the development of the power sector allowed industrial and commercial growth to take place and helped in the efficient management of water resources. So far, the Irrigation and Power Directorate has developed a comprehensive irrigation infrastructure by concentrating on the installation of tube wells in the plains, development of small channels from perennial sources in mountainous areas, flood protection buildings in various agencies and the lining of watercourses throughout FATA. Due to the successful implementation of such interventions, the intensity of irrigation has increased significantly thereby providing local tribal population with the opportunities to cultivate crops of high yield as well as explore alternative sources of livelihood.