Imphal: In a move to improve water conservation, both rainwater and groundwater, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has announced to award cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh to the top performing gram panchayat (GP) in rainwater harvesting projects in the state.
Pradhans, zila parishad members and panchayat officials, who are excelling in the subject, would be honoured by the government at state-level functions, Singh added.
Emphasising on the importance of conserving and preserving rainwater, the CM said: “We must find ways to harvest rainwater for farming purposes during the lean season.”
Manipur receives an average annual rainfall of around 1,400 mm. However, the state has witnessed 50% rain deficiency in this year’s monsoon, which has hampered agricultural activities in the state.
Speaking at a meeting with elected members of the panchayati raj institutions and autonomous district councils (ADCs) of the state, the CM also informed the gathering that the state minor irrigation department has launched rainwater harvesting schemes in most of the hilly areas of the state at a cost of Rs 2 crore each.
Earlier, Central Agricultural University (CAU) Imphal vice-chancellor M Premjit Singh expressed the need to upgrade the existing agro-meteorological advisory services in Manipur, so that providing regular weather forecast to the farmers would maintain and improve the agricultural activities in the state.