Chandel, Sept. 5
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel organized the time-bound and mission-mode water conservation and irrigation efficiency campaign for water security - Jal Shakti Abhiyan campaign for farmers of Chakpikarong, Tampi and Toupokpi on Wednesday.
Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, ACTO (SWCE), KVK, Chandel highlighted the participants about the objectives of the campaign and stressed the need for its effective implementation. The entire district is reeling under acute water shortage. In this critical juncture, it would be prudent to take up the cause of water harvesting on a participatory mode. The villagers need to rejuvenate the dying age-old water bodies and hill streams/springs which were perennial till a few years back. It should become mandatory for all the villagers to locate the course and origin of these trickling traditional water bodies and hill streams/springs and to conserve the trees growing in their catchments.
The campaign envisions helping people to plan and work for rainwater harvesting, maintenance and upkeep of ponds and village tanks and conservation of water. This campaign in the district of Chandel will ensure 5 important water conservation interventions-rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation. These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of block and district water conservation plans and KVK melas, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice in crops through KVKs.
Hopefully, successful implementation of this campaign will lead to increase in soil moisture in farmers’ fields, groundwater level, surface water storage capacity, and increased crop production. The staffs of the KVK namely Dr. Ameeta, Dr. Prabhabati and Dr. Ch. Sunil too were present in the campaign.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]
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