LRD reviews implementation of projects in Longleng

LRD reviews implementation of projects in Longleng
(L) Director Land Resource Department Shri. T.Renben Lotha Speaking at Tangha village under Longleng district. (R) Rubber plantation in Longleng district. (NP)
Correspondent LONGLENG, MAR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/17/2021 1:26:44 PM IST
In order to streamline the implementation of various project activities and to observe the work status of work programmes across the state, the land resources department (LRD) headed by its director, T. Renben Lotha and staff from directorate toured all the districts including Longleng and took up a two-day visit on March 15 and 16.
On the first day of the tour, official from the directorate accompanied by the expert, researchers and trainer visited Yongam village on March 15 where the team inspected the project implemented at various sites such as coffee, black pepper and arecanut plantation implemented under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
While interacting with the farmers and elders of Yongam village, the director expressed satisfaction on the performance of the farmers.
Stating that Naga farmers were no more in an initial stage as the government and department had accomplished their duties, he said that every Naga farmer should be able to inculcate what was taught.
While briefing a detail status of the present project of PMKSY, director declared that the project which was for five years term would end on March 31, 2021. However, he said that central government would be launching another project called “new generation Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (NGPMKSY).
He assured the village for inclusion and called upon the people to extend cooperation towards the department.
Village council chairman (VCC) Yongam village, Yanjei Phom expressed gratitude to director and his entourage in particular and LRD in general for visiting the village and said that Yongam village was economically well settled in Longleng district. 
After inspecting some of the springshed management project in Dungkhao village, joint director Albert E. Ngullie stressed said that despite the key role that they play, springs had not received due attention and were drying up. 
Stating that spring discharge was reported to be declining due to increased water demand, changing land use patterns, ecological degradation and erratic trends in precipitation, he said that lack of awareness among the people further compounded the problem.
In this regard, joint director urged the villagers to act locally by planting more trees, practice water harvesting system and creating awareness among the masses.
In Tangha village, while speaking to Church leaders, village council and farmers of the village, director LRD, T. Renben Lotha said the department aimed to increase productivity of degraded land through integrated watershed management and to develop an integrated land information management system to improve real-time information on land. 
Towards achieving this objective, the director said that the department implemented the watershed development component of PMKSY under central sector; and rubber development under state sector.
Speaking on coffee, director said that in certain region where sunlight was intense, the coffee crops required partial shade and advised farmers to grow shade trees in the field. He also asserted that coffee grown under tree shade is always found to be of superior quality and taste.
At Kangching village the visiting team visited some of the project under PMKSY and WDC and interacted with the watershed committee members and assured to provide all possible assistance under new generation PMKSY. 
District project officer (DPO) Longleng, K Kughalu Chishi who organised various programmes focused on the poor said that sustainable development of natural resources to increase land productivity and provide livelihood opportunities to the people is the primary objective of the department.
The director was accompanied by joint director Albert E. Ngullie, deputy director Hekato Yepthomi, SPC Inatoli Chishi and SLNA team from Kohima.

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