IMPHAL, May 11 - The Manipur government is determined to make the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) project functional so that the paddy fields remain green even during the lean season.
The functioning of the said irrigation project would make double and triple cropping farming system easier in various areas of the State.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh observed as above on Monday.
In order to achieve the objective, Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with Manipur Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip inspected the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) project located at Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur district on Monday.
N Biren Singh stated that �considering the impact of the current nationwide lockdown on our economy, the State government has decided to focus primarily on the agricultural and horticultural sectors.�
He added that the priority of the government is to make Manipur a self-sustaining State in regard to food production. He also mentioned that a high-level task force has lately been constituted in this regard.
According to the Chief Minister, after due pressure by the State government, Central government agencies like NABARD etc., provided a sum of around Rs 47 crore for revival of the Loktak Lift Irrigation project.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the government is committed to fulfil all the promises that had been made to the people of the State. The Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) scheme is now functional after 14-15 years, he added.
Meanwhile, Minister for Water Resources Letpao Haokip said that good irrigation system is a must to become self-sufficient in food production. He informed that the remaining six pumps of the Loktak Lift Irrigation project will become functional soon.
With an objective to provide irrigation to various parts of the State, the Loktak Lift Irrigation scheme was inaugurated in 1981.