Work in unison, CM asks Soil Conservation, Agriculture and Irrigation departments
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 21: Drawing a close relation between increased agricultural production and GDP growth, Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal has asked better coordition among Soil Conservation, Agricultural and Irrigation departments in the State.
Sonowal reviewed the functioning of Soil Conservation Department today at Assam Secretariat. He asked the Department to prepare a concept note highlighting the common interest and areas of activity of the three departments and submit it to the Government for holistic agricultural growth in the State.
The Chief Minister also expressed deep concern over depletion of ground water level in the state and directed the Soil Conservation Department to popularize rain water harvesting and take steps for retaining the water level of Integrated Watershed Projects for judicious utilization during the winter season. He has further advised the department to tap the potential of water bodies to develop farming in adjoining villages of the source and take it up as a pilot project in the state.
“Soil is the fundamental basis of human survival. The Soil Conservation Department should prepare a roadmap to fulfill its mandate and generate public interest and opinion in favour of the conservation initiatives,” Sonowal said, and highlighted the department’s role in effective implementation of Chief Minister’s Samagra Gram Unyan Yoja and favoured for modernizing the department and upgrading skill of its staff. He also advised the officials of the department to convene a semir in each district on soil conservation techniques involving the farmers, youth, NGOs and others.
Sonowal further said that agricultural land in many parts of the state remains unutilized due to its uneven topography. “The Soil Conservation Department should guide the farmers in scientific utilization of soil and take measures for leveling of agricultural fields for turning the same into cultivable land,” he said, and asked the department to procure Laser Land Leveler for improving agricultural growth.
The Chief Minister also underlined the importance of micro watershed committees in mobilizing public for soil and water conservation and directed the department to convene a meeting of all 1,700 such committees to promote sharing of best conservation techniques amongst farmers.