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Manipur faces drought-like situation: Minister
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 IMPHAL, Aug 27 - Manipur Agriculture Minister V Hangkhalian said that his department is taking all-out efforts to deal with the issues arising out of the drought-like situation in the state in the wake of scanty rainfall.

 Replying to a question by Opposition Congress MLA K Meghachandra of Wangkhem during the concluding session of the two-day state Assembly session here, the Agriculture Minister informed the Assembly that 99,153 hectares of cultivable land have been affected by drought-like situation.

Among the valley districts, Bishnupur district alone has 14,000 hectares of affected areas due to scarcity of rain water while the figures in Imphal east and Jiribam districts stand at around 15,968 hectares. Similarly Churachandpur (including Pherzawl) has the largest affected areas of 14,210 hectares among all the hill districts of the state followed by Tamenglong with 11,564 hectares. On the other hand the affected crop areas in Chandel, Senapati and Ukhrul are 7230, 5515 and 5500 hectares.

Stating that though the state Agriculture department has no provision to provide irrigation facilities to the drought-hit paddy fields, Minister Hangkhalian said that the department has distributed 206 water-pump sets to tide over the crisis.

In this context, he said that the Agriculture department has prepared an alternate crop plan for kharif 2019 and compensatory crop plan for rabi 2019-20 and the same has been forwarded to the state planning department for allocation of necessary funds.

It may be noted that Manipur, which usually receives adequate rainfall, has recorded less rainfall this season.

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