WILLIAMNAGAR: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Garo Hills, in collaboration with the Agriculture and other line departments, organized a one-day Kisan Mela under Jal Shakti Abhiyan at Williamnagar district auditorium on Friday where a large number of farmers from Samanda, Songsak and Rongjeng C&RD Blocks participated.
Speaking on the occasion, Tura MP, Agatha K Sangma said that the Kisan Mela is an eye opener for every farmer and urged the farmers to grab every opportunity being provided under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. She also informed that under the Jal Shakti Ministry, various technical personnel have been involved to study the water problems and to initiate action for conserving water for the future. She also stressed on the need to initiate steps for rain water harvesting in the district.
East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Swapnil Tembe, while speaking about the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, sought the cooperation of the people of the district in carrying forward the objectives of water conservation mission in the district.
Chairman of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Denang T Sangma, spoke on the water conservation mission. He lamented that the Nokmas and their respective subjects are not adhering to the provisions of Jhum Cultivation Act, 1950.
The Director of ICAR, ATTARI, Barapani, Dr BC Deka, while deliberating on the importance of research in water conservation and harvesting, urged the gathering not to depend on the government alone for every need.
On the occasion, the District Soil and Water Conservation Officer, Charseng Ch Marak delivered the keynote address and highlighted the importance and objectives of Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
The farmers’ representative, Warison Ch Marak, while talking about his experiences as a village farmer, sought the cooperation of fellow villagers to initiate action for water conservation in their respective villages.
On the day, Dr Brijendra Singh Rajawat, Senior Scientist, KVK, East Garo Hills, delivered the welcome address and Sosten N Marak, District Agriculture Officer, proposed the vote of thanks.