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Tripura to combat deforestation by hilltop plantation, riverside greenery, says new Forest Minister
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Tripura to combat deforestation by hilltop plantation, riverside greenery, says new Forest Minister
PHOTO : Forest Depertment review meeting. TIWN Pic June 11

Agartala, June 11 (TIWN): The state Forest Department would now stress on hilltop plantation in the face of severe trend of deforestation. Stress would be laid on reducing soil erosion and social forestry, newly appointed minister for Forest Naresh Jamatia said here today.

A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today reviewed progress of the Department in addressing forest development issues. The meeting was attended by Forest Minister Naresh Chandra Jamatia, Principal Secretary VK Bahuguna, PCCF S Talukdar, Chief Wildlife Warden Dr. AK Gupta, CEO of JICA project GS Raju and other officials of the department.

“We have decided to stress on riverside plantation in the catchment areas of major rivers of the state. We can achieve maximum forestry cover and also make effective contribution in reducing soil erosion from the river banks”, the minister said.

He added that the department would continue and augment agricultural and horticultural support to beneficiaries of the Forest Rights Act who were granted forest land entitlement. “We are resorting to agro-forestry to bring people practicing shifting cultivation under the cover of settled cultivation”, Forest Minister Jamatia said.

He added that stress is also being laid on roadside plantations.

Tripura undertook an ambitious target of plantation on 20820 hectares of land in 2012-2013. The plantation was planned to be held under the National Afforestation Programme on a plot of 5240 hectares, plantation under JICA would be held on 12135 hectares, 2009 hectares of land would have plantation using many-days generated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MG NREGA), 150 hectares would have bamboo plantation with financial assistance from the National Bamboo Mission, 473 hectares would have plantation under the Compensatory Afforestation Programme (CAMPA), River Valley Project would facilitate for plantation on 100 hectares of land.

The plantation project was scheduled to ensure aforestation on 33 hectares under the state Medicinal Plant Board. NEC funded plantation would be held on 75 hectares, 325 hectares of land was managed b the state forest plan fund and funds under plantation head from the 13th Finance Commission facilitated afforestation in 100 hectares of land.

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