Manipur has embarked on an ambitious project to generate geo-database of nine-fold land use classes as per recommendation of the Union Agriculture Ministry covering the entire state.
The project will be implemented by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics and Manipur Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MARSAC).
Manipur deputy chief minister Joykumar said the project will be very helpful in various ways especially in planning, executing developmental works besides controlling deforestations, wetland management and other agricultural and horticultural activities by utilizing the available data. He further said it will also enable us to know what exactly the land use pattern in the state is and will enable us to control natural resources.
Urging the concerned departments to provide the available data even to the researchers so that a co-lateral effort can be made possible in this direction, he said the government will discuss and try to find out ways which are more comprehensive and can easily be implemented in future.
In this connection a “Report on Land Use Survey of Manipur” under Manipur Strategic Statistical Survey Programme (MASSSP) using Remote Sensing & GIS was released in Imphal on Wednesday.
Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh was the chief guest of the report releasing function which was attended by principal secretary (Economics and Statistics) Vivek Kumar Dewangan ,
Principal secretary (Agriculture) Dr Suhel Akhtar, principal chief conservator of forest K Angami, director Dr N Randhir Singh of Manipur Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MARSAC), director (Sc & Tech) H Ibocha Singh and director (Eco & Stats) Peijonna Kamei and others.
Principal secretary Dewangan said this is an important step through which various departments can execute developmental works. Any dispute in the mapping process can also be settled scientifically through this project.