Shillong, Aug 12 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy has stressed the need to avoid the shifting cultivation of jhum in order to conserve forests and other natural resources.
Speaking at a training workshop on the National Watershed Development Project for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA), a centrally sponsored scheme, Dr Roy urged the farmers to refrain from continuing jhum cultivation and save forests to check environmental degradation in the state.
''Felling treees has adversely affected the environment,'' the Chief Minister said and asked the cultivators to change their mindset and avail the various government-sponsored schemes for farming purposes.
Under this centrally sponsored scheme of the NWDPRA, each community and rural development block in the state would get two projects worth Rs 30 lakh.
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