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APC, officials inspect NEC funded Nzu Valley irrigation project

APC, officials inspect NEC funded Nzu Valley irrigation project
(Left from Right) APC, Y. Kikheto Sema along with other stated officials at Nzu Valley irrigation project on July 16. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/16/2020 9:34:46 AM IST

A team headed by Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Y. Kikheto Sema, visited the integrated Nzu Valley irrigation project under Tsemeinyu sub-division on July 15, for inspection of NEC funded projects and called for accountability and transparency.

According to DIPR report, Kikheto Sema expressed concern caused due to COVID-19 pandemic and maintained that it was time for Nagas to learn the need to have self-sufficiency in food production. He called on the Naga youths particularly to venture into new areas exploring the rich favourable climatic condition adding that the government was focusing on how to generated employment to support the livelihood of the people.

He emphasised on the need to integrate various departments like Horticulture, Animal husbandry, Agriculture, Soil &Water Conservation, Fishery, Irrigation and Water Resources to work together in tandem by sharing the technical inputs for enhancing food production which is a growing concern worldwide. APC maintained that one of the principal reasons for the low productivity in horticulture/agriculture was the progressive deterioration of soil due to erosion. The factors for soil erosion were due to excessive deforestation, overgrazing and consequently, valuable top soil was lost and its fertility gets depleted resulting in poor horticulture/agriculture yield. 

Y. Kikheto Sema expressed his appreciation to the contractor Benjamin I Lorin for carrying out the work even during the monsoon season and urged him to complete the remaining work at the earliest possible time.

Chief engineer Water Resources, Er. H. Hotovi Ayemi stated that water was becoming scarce due to climatic changes globally and unpredictable drought conditions, so the department was implementing all reliable water sources infrastructures in the state for assured irrigations. He said that the department was also imparting the requisite training for economic usage of water and also asked to inform the department to identify potential areas which can benefit the people of the state. The inspection team was accompanied by assistant development commissioner Neinguisle Zhasa, SE Chubasashi Chang, SDO Er. Phutheguo Khawkhrie JE Er. Nungsangmar and officials from the directorate of Information & Public Relation.

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