Dimapur, May 2: Volunteers for Village Development (VVD), an NGO based in Ukhrul, Manipur, had requested the State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA), a registered society under Land Resources Department, Govt of Nagaland, to assist them on preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) of two springshed based watershed development projects covering four villages, with funding support from NABARD.
Accordingly, a team of six highly qualified and experienced technical experts from varied backgrounds visited Ukhrul from April 20 to 23. The team visited four villages namely Luireishimphung, Kuirei, Ngahui and Nungpi under Ukhrul district and conducted baseline survey, detailed Hydro-geological survey and Inventorization of Critical Springs that the communities depend upon for their domestic use.
It also conducted community sensitization and mobilization on springshed management and development which saw healthy participation in all 4 villages. The sustainability of the project will be based on how well a community is sensitized and empowered to take forward the works even after the exit of the project period. The team also imparted hands-on training to the NGO functionaries on all aspects of springshed.
The team motivated the communities to take up afforestation of local species trees in the barren land and the recharge area of the springs. Based on the prevailing landscape of the springshed areas, Alder (Alnusnepalensis) tree would be most suitable to grow for vegetative cover. The occurrence of Alder is linked to the availability and abundance of water besides having nitrogen-fixing properties. For the vegetative measures in the watershed, horticulture and plantation crops like lemon, banana, parkia, avocado, cardamom, coffee, sugarcane, etc. are found to be quite suitable.
For economic upliftment, livelihood activities such as rearing of large black and Hampshire swine breeds for breeding, fingerlings and layer birds and pottery making were found to be viable.
Based on the field survey assessment, the team shall be preparing two Detailed Project Reports for the NGO for submission to NABARD. The SLNA has also assisted other Nagaland-based NGOs on such assignments which have been accepted by NABARD and already in full implementation phase.
The team included Seteno Soukhrie, GIS expert; Alno Kennao, Social Science; Shanilo Seb, Hydrologist; Lopen Pongen, Civil engineer; Kalito J Sumi, Livelihood; and Yangthungo, Agriculture. (Page News Service)