|Manipur to implement major irrigation scheme|
IMPHAL, Sept 28 - The Manipur government has taken up a major project to instal 550 ground water tubewells and construct 375 surface minor irrigation schemes across the State to enhance irrigation with funds from the Centre.
The tubewells and surface irrigation schemes would be installed/constructed in different parts of the State with funds from the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
This was disclosed by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh while visiting Sinam Kom and Sanjenlok villages in Imphal East district to inspect the ongoing drilling works for ground water schemes taken up by the Minor Irrigation Department in order to enhance irrigation facilities.
Commissioner (Minor Irrigation) Jacintha Lazarus, Chief Engineer (Minor Irrigation) H Brajendra and other high-ranking officials also accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit. It may be mentioned that the foundation stones for these irrigation facilities were laid last month.
Interacting with the villagers, the Chief Minister contended that nothing is possible without water, whether it be agriculture, horticulture or fishery.
Stating that the government has formed different committees to enhance production in these sectors, he said that he would instruct these committees to visit the area to identify suitable crops for them.
Stating that two-and-a-half hectares each have been identified in Jiribam and Khudengthabi for plantation of palm trees, he said Sinam Kom villagers can also plant it if the soil of the area is suitable.
Informing that there is high demand for organic products outside the State, he urged the villagers to produce only organic products.
Assuring that the villagers need not worry about marketing any more as the Government would buy all their produce, he informed that the recently passed Farm Bills would also enable the farmers to sell their produce directly in the market instead of selling it to middlemen.
Urging the villagers not to cut down trees, he said that the government would provide gas connection under Ujjwala Yojana.