The Indian Government has called its first meeting of state Irrigation Ministers to formulate plans which will increase the land presently under cultivation.
GV ZOOM TO farmer in field ploughing with cows.
GV INT. Irrigation conference.
SV Ministers from various states. (3 shots)
CU Agriculture Minister Ram speaking. (shots of irrigation and fields overlaid)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MR. RAM: "This is the first conference of the State Ministers of Irrigation. The discussions during this conference will be confined exclusively to irrigation. I have no doubt that this would enable much greater attention to be paid to irrigation both in regard to its development as well as utilisation. The Prime Minister, as you know, has recently announced economic programmes and it is gratifying that they have been welcomed by all states who are taking steps to implement them in the best possible manner. Irrigation is also included in these programmes. You will therefore agree that this is the most opportune time for all of us to get together to discuss the problems facing the expansion of irrigation and also other aspects connected with it in our country, with a view to agree on a common approach to step up the irrigation programmes and take all the measures necessary to optimise the benefits from the potential of the existing irrigation facilities.
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Background: The Indian Government has called its first meeting of state Irrigation Ministers to formulate plans which will increase the land presently under cultivation.
The meeting was held in New Delhi on Thursday (17 July) with the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mr. Jagjiwan Ram setting out the Government's new proposals. He said irrigation programmes would allow the Government to create an additional five million hectares of land for cultivation. Surveys would also be conducted in drought-prone areas to find the best method of irrigation. Existing underground water supplies would be surveyed to see if they could be put to greater use. Present irrigation facilities would also be expanded.
Mr. Ram said great efforts would be needed to achieve the targets.
This film is serviced with part of Mr. Ram's speech to the Ministers.