What is the importance of River Indus to Pakistan?What is the importance of river Indus to its peolpe with reference to agriculture and industries in Pakistan?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Indus River traces its source in Tibet at the meeting point of River Sengge and the Gar River. The rivers are responsible for draining the mountain ranges of Nganglong and Gangdise. The Shyok, Gilgit, Shigar streams and the Kabul River all join the Indus as it flows to the sea. The Indus completes its journey with a large delta east of Karachi. The Indus is the largest river which only flows through a country without having its source located in the same territorial boundaries.

The River plays an important role in providing water for agriculture especially in the breadbasket of Punjab and Sindh. The water from the river is crucial for food production because rainfall is unreliable especially in the lower parts of the Indus Valley. The Indus has also seen the construction of one of the most complicated irrigation systems in the world, covering large areas of Pakistan. Construction of dams has also helped in the production of electricity that plays an important role in powering Pakistan’s industries and towns.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Indus River has provided water to the people of the Pakistan centuries.  This water is used for irrigation on the plains of the Indus Valley and transportation of goods.  The management of this resource and the distribution has always been vital to the area, but it has also caused many problems.  Since Pakistan’s economy is based mainly on agriculture and related industry, and because most of Pakistan is arid or semi-arid, the Indus River System is vital to their growth and survival. "80% of Pakistan's 21.5 million hectares of farmland is irrigated from this river and the canals built from the river."   Without the water from the Indus River, the country would be in economic freefall within months.  Both India and China have built major damns on this river but so far the supply from the glaciers and tributaries has not harmed the Pakistani economy or irrigation.

msnewbooklover | Student

as post#3 said....

pakistan is an agriculture country and almost 70% of its people are assosiated with it.Since pak is a arid country mostly with scanty of rainfall thus water from rivers is used for irrigation.

it also provide water for industrial purpose like as coolent in industry.

it also make the land fertile ..giving more area for agriculture.

rivers also are used for transportation and for domestic use of water in ruler areas.

pakisatan is also having a good fish farming industry.rivers of pak are providing it with rare and excellent fish which are exported all over the world like trout fish.