The department of Land Resources (DoLR), Dimapur under the leadership of the district project officer (DPO), has been actively implementing the centrally-sponsored Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) which has been implemented under four projects with an area of 16,477 hectares covering 47 micro-watersheds.
With an aim to reach for development of the land, the department, under IWMP has been distributing planting materials for afforestation works and horticultural development works.
According to DPO, DoLR Dimapur, Hekato N, a majority of these planting materials were procured from locally-owned nurseries adding it as an encouragement towards economic development of people.
In continuation with active land development and conservation programmes, DPO, along with a team of qualified staff, visited the Project areas and instructed the beneficiaries in proper spacing and methodology to be applied while planting these saplings so as to allow the trees to grow properly and reach its full potentialities.
Maintaining the empowerment of women as an important aspect in the state, DoLR, Dimapur has encouraged active and equal participation of women in the implementation of the IWMP projects in the district. In this regard, DPO and his staff interacted with women beneficiaries of the project areas and encouraged them to participate enthusiastically for the successful implementation of the programme.
The womenfolk, on their part, thanked the department for encouraging women participation and assured of their full cooperation with the department and active participation in IWMP activities.
During the visit to project areas, the team also visited areas where soil and moisture conservation and water works were being implemented under IWMP. Within the provision of IWMP, the department has started construction of water harvesting structures in the micro-watersheds and this work has been beneficial for the farmers and beneficiaries of the project.
The department has also started the preparation of detailed project reports for implementation of IWMP in 24 micro-watersheds, covering an area of 8069 Hectares.
For this purpose, a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise was conducted in all the micro-watersheds and interactions were done with the beneficiaries, while in the process of conducting baseline survey of the selected micro-watersheds.