Dimapur, August 4: Departmental officials of Soil & Water Conservation Department attended EC meeting of the Tribal Sub Plan Scheme under Science for Equity, Empowerment & Development (SEED), organized by the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India on August 1&2.
During the session, the department presented a project proposal on “Low Cost Weather Station” at the Centre of Excellence – State Soil & Water Conservation Training and Research, Sechu for the benefit of tribal farming communities of the surrounding villages practicing both permanent pani kheti as well as traditional agro forestry kheti.
The proposal is based on judicious, efficient and effective land use practices and adaptation of various practices in the climate change scenario. The proposal includes installation of two LCWS each for each village, one in the upper and the other in the lower reaches to provide meteorological information online basis and in return provide immediate advisory SMS information to the farming communities.
The pilot project is being mooted to be replicated in other watersheds covering the entire districts of the State especially in the Jhum khetis including abundant fallow jhum fields where the farmers are expected to practice agro-forestry kheti.
The proposal was briefed by the joint director & designate OSD, Soil & Water Conservation, K Khekiho Shohe.
(Page News Service)