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Workshop on Watershed Management

Minister for Soil and Water Conservation and Land Resources Development, P. Longon, addressing a workshop on Watershed Management at Red Cross Conference Hall. Also seen in the picture are Mhathung Yanthan, joint director, DoLRD; Dr. S.C. Patra Director, NERIWALM, Assam; and Neise Mich Director Department of Land Resources Development.
Correspondent, Kohima, Oct 6:
Published on 7 Oct. 2008 12:55 AM IST
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Minister for Soil and Water Conservation and Land Resources Development, P. Longon, on Monday called upon all officials of Land Resources Development to act as 'compounders' in taking care of the environment and health of the rural masses. With the implementation of the watershed development policy, he urged the department to apply the guidelines to suit the conditions of the farmers. Addressing the inaugural function of a two day workshop on Watershed Management in Nagaland under Common Guidelines 2008 at the Red Cross conference hall, Longon stated that the execution of the watershed development policy had enhanced the income of the government and raised the social sector. An important aspect was the involvement of womenfolk, Self Help Groups etc, he added. The chief guest further remarked that the economy of the people had achieved a notable height with the plantation of watershed where soil erosion had been minimized, and there is fertility and improvement in the living environment. He also added that the method of cultivation had shifted from the traditional shifting cultivation to that of permanent farming. Lauding their work, Longon said that there was still need for improvement and urged the officials to identify and rededicate themselves to meet new challenges. 'Only then will your desired goals be achieved', he said. Director, NERIWALM, Assam, Dr. S.C. Patra, stated that consequent to the new guidelines, the officials of the department of Land Resources were directly responsible for the welfare of the society. Stating that watershed is subjected to deteriorate unless properly managed, he called upon the department to take timely action to retain its quality. Mentioning that the Department of Land Resources Development of the state was a fore-runner in the North East, Dr. Patra urged them to continue with their efforts. Keynote address on Common Guidelines 2008 on watershed development was delivered by joint director, DoLRD, Mhathung Yanthan. The inaugural programme was chaired by Director Department of Land Resources Development, Neise Mich.

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