IMPHAL,27th DECEMBER, 2017 (DIPR): A “ Report on Land Use Survey of Manipur” under Manipur Strategic Statistical Survey Programme (MASSSP) Using Remote Sensing & GIS was today published by Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh at a function held at Conference Hall of his official chamber at Manipur Secretariat (North Block) in Imphal. The project which is implemented by the Directorate of Economics & Statistics and executed by Manipur Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MARSAC) is to generate geo-database of Nine-fold Land Use classes as per recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India covering the entire state of Manipur.

Speaking at the function, Deputy Chief Minister said, the project will be very helpful in various ways especially in planning and executing developmental works in the state. He said, it has to be a continuous process through which various agencies can utilize the data available and through which initiatives like controlling deforestations and reversing the same, wetland management to control flood and also agricultural and horticultural processes can be taken up. Shri Joykumar Singh 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.

While pointing out the need to provide data to prospective agencies, Deputy Chief Minister asked 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. Government will discuss and try to find out ways which are more comprehensive and can easily be implemented in future, he added.

Principle Secretary (Eco. & Stats.) Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan said, this is an important step through which various departments can be helpful in executing developmental works. Agriculture, Horticulture, Forest & Environment, Revenue etc. are some of the departments which are going to be the major users of this project. Any dispute in the mapping process can also be settled scientifically through this project. He also asked the implementing agencies to make the data available in the public domain.

The survey report generates geo-database of Nine-fold Land Use classes as Forest, Area under Non-agricultural Uses, Permanent Pastures and other Grazing Lands, Land under Miscellaneous Tree Crops, Barren and Un-culturable Land, Fallow Lands other than Current Fallows, Current Fallows, Culturable Waste Land and Net area sown.

Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Shri Kereihoubi Angami, Director (MARSAC) Dr.N. Randhir Singh, Director (Sc.& Tech.) Shri H. Ibocha Singh and Director (Eco. & Stats.) Peijonna Kamei also participated among others at the function.

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