CM lays stress on coordination of Soil, Agricultural and Irrigation Department
Dispur, December 21: Drawing a close relation between increased agricultural production and GDP growth, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has advocated for better coordination among Soil Conservation, Agricultural and Irrigation Department in the State.
Reviewing the functioning of Soil Conservation Department today at Assam Secretariat, the Chief Minister has also asked the Department to prepare a concept note highlighting the common interest and areas of activity of the three departments and submit the same to the Government for holistic agricultural growth in Assam.
The Chief Minister has 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 winter season. He has further advised to tap the potential of water bodies to develop farming in adjoining villages of the source and take it up as pilot project in the state.
"Soil is the fundamental basis of human survival. The Soil Conservation Department should prepare a roadmap to fulfil its mandate and generate public interest and opinion in favour of the conservation initiatives". Stating this, Sonowal also highlighted the Soil Conservation Department's role in effective implementation of Chief Minister's Samagra Gram Unnayan Yojana and favoured for modernizing the department and upgrading skill of its staff. He also advised the officials of the department to convene one Seminar in each district on soil conservation techniques involving the farmers, youth and NGOs etc.
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 levelling of agricultural fields for turning the same into cultivable land". Sonowal also asked the Department to procure Laser Land Leveller 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 meeting of all 1700 such committees to promote sharing of best conservation techniques amongst farmers.