Minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, V Kashiho Sangtam along with the officers after the field visit.
Kohima, April 11 (MExN): The Department of Soil & Water Conservation organized a felicitation programme for V Kashiho Sangtam, Minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, Government of Nagaland and Graduation Programme for the 20th Batch SCA trainees at the State Soil & Water Conservation Training Institute, Sechu Zubza on April 11.
Kashiho congratulated the graduating Soil Conservation Assistants (SCA) and challenged them to bring a change in the department through their professionalism and hard work, according to a press release received here.
He also urged them to use the knowledge they have gained to alleviate the farming problems faced by farmers in rural areas.
While lauding the department for the commendable works in conservation efforts, he further encouraged the department to bring about new innovative technologies in addressing the issue of rampant jhum cultivation in the state by improving the traditional practices and ensure sustainable agriculture.
Meanwhile, the minister noted that a new strategy needs to be developed taking into account the need of those in direct charge of the land as economic development is always associated with proper management of water resources.
He also exhorted the district officers to let the people feel fortunate of their presence in the district through timely and efficient execution of project activities.
The minister handed over the training certificates to the 42 graduating trainees.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Viliehu Nguzhü, Additional Director & HoD congratulated the newly elected minister and expressed his desire to co-operate and work with him. He also mentioned how the training institute has progressed since its inception in 1972.
The department’s profile and activities report was presented by K Zhekheto Awomi, Project Director.
After the programme, the minister accompanied by the department officers paid a field visit around the campus.
The programme was chaired by Vikeyie Kenya, Commissioner & Secretary, Soil & Water Conservation department.