Results of climate change projects rewarded for people: Chief Secretary

Bhubaneswar: The results of climate change projects taken under the National Adaptation Fund Climate Change (NAFCC) in Nuapada district have been quite beneficial for the people. People have accepted and participated in the project as it has been helpful in their livelihood activities. After the field visit, senior officials of NABARD expressed satisfaction over the interim results of the projects under implementation.
This was made known by a high-level review of NAFCC projects undertaken by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi in the Public Service Building Conference Hall, in which Principal Secretary Water Resources Surendra Kumar outlined the technical and financial details of the projects for discussion.
Reviewing the progress of the projects, the Chief Secretary directed to reduce the incubation period of the projects through close monitoring of implementation at the ground level. It was decided in the meeting that a workshop involving various departments will be organized to prepare similar projects as per Odisha’s Climate Change Action Plan.Tripathi also asked NABARD to make an objective assessment of the project’s results and suggest ways to make them self-sufficient.Discussions held in the meeting suggest that the project has been taken up to cover eight villages Budipalli, Palasabhadar, Porkode, Amladidar, Bhusudi, Bhainsatal, Boloda and Jangula in Nuapada district. The project aims to conserve water through the management of run-off in the river basin to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance traditional livelihoods.The target of the project is the conservation of water & and soil moisture and the creation of new means of livelihood.
So far, five check dams have been constructed over Kharkharanalah both under State and NAFCC funding. Six numbers of PaniPanchayats have been formed involving the local farmers for irrigation planning. Around 400 farmers have adopted crop diversification methods by shifting from only paddy culture to horticulture. Fishery activities have started in 16 tanks. Around 32 numbers of farmer interest groups and 2 number of farmer income groups been formed. The farmers are being imparted training on crop diversification and sell of their products. Organic farming has been started by 400 households. Around 93 landless beneficiaries have been identified under support under goattery, poultry, and duckery. Because of the project, the groundwater level has increased in the nearby villages.
The meeting decided to use and popularize drip and sprinkler irrigation systems in the command area of the check dams. Solar power water pumps would be used for irrigating 236 hectors of upland agricultural field. A new scientific farm pond complex would be developed for the fishery. This complex would have 12 ponds for growing the fishes of different size
The Principal Secretary Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary Water Resources Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Meena, Chief Engineer Minor Irrigation Sri Saroj Pattnaik, Project Officer Laxmikanta Tripathy along with senior officers from NABARD and concerned departments participated in the discussions.

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