Fully supported by the Chief and Council, though set up as a separate commercial venture, BTAP sought to place almost 20,000 acres of the reserve's `Big Lease' under irrigation.
To date, almost 500 jobs have been created for tribal members in the construction phase, and more than two dozen tribal members do regular work for BTAP, either full-time or on a seasonal basis.
BTAP also pays the tribal administration for rent of the Big Lease lands.
BTAP acts as both the developer and lessor of the land, which is parceled into 160-acre units.
BTAP provides all-inclusive leases (land, water, and irrigation pivot systems) to approved tenants for terms up to 10 years.
An agreement was signed by BTAP last year with Transfeeder Inc.
BTAP is currently thinking about further diversification into potatoes, to meet the needs of several new processing plants being built in the area.
According to Wally Chinn; head of the Farm Irrigation Section in Alberta Agriculture's Lethbridge office, BTAP is using state-of-the-art technology and is, in many ways, a model for irrigation projects in developing countries around the world.
He said the Government would extend full support to Forest Department during plantation at Azakhel Mathani to make BTAP a success.
be brought under plantation at Azakhel Mathani under BTAP and sought the support of local communities to make the plantation a success like Ghari Chandan Forest.
Minister for Environment and Forests, Syed Ishtaiq Urmar were taking keen interest in BTAP and that is why we are moving very fast to complete the first manmade forest at Ghari Chandan Peshawar by March next year.