Shifting cultivation causing deforestation: Ngandam

ITANAGAR, Jan 22:  RWD, Science & Technology Minister Honchun Ngandam has expressed concern over development scenario of  Longding district, particularly in agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors  while shifting cultivation has been causing deforestation.

Chairing a review meeting of Science & Technology department, Ngandam called for scientific intervention for sustainable development across Arunachal Pradesh, Longding district in particular, an official release said.

Expressed his serious concern on shifting cultivation practices that involve cutting and burning of jungles, he advocated preventing deforestation and save existing environment to safeguard life giver forest and its products.

“Shifting cultivation is being practiced by the people of the district without any scientific methods resulting in low crop production” he said, adding soil erosion, river sedimentation, climate changes, global warming etc are result of the deforestation across the world.

Arunachal Pradesh is characterized by hilly and rugged terrains, where soil & water conservation like terracing is very useful for sustainable agricultural development, he said and urged the S&T department and State Remote Sensing Application Centre SRSAC) to recommend more scientific measures to increase productivity and stop soil erosion. The proposal for use of remote sensing & GIS and UAV technologies f could be submitted to the state Govt for necessary action, he said.

After the SRSAC explained the shifting cultivation mapping, monitoring report and maps of the state, Ngandam urged the S&T secretary & director SRSAC director to visit Longding to take stock of the situation by interacting with the local people, farmers, PRI leaders and GoAP officials. He also directed to form a team of scientist/engineers to visit all districts from February next for the same purpose.

S&T and RWD secretary Ajay Chagti, directors C D Mungyak (S&T) &  DH Dutt (SRSAC) and senior scientists, among others, were present.

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