C’garh to promote sandalwood plantation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2018 11:31:21

Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Feb 10,

Chhattisgarh Forest Department has decided to promote plantation of sandalwood trees. It has to revive this threatened species all over the State.The State has certain pockets where these trees are growing but it would take up the plantation programme on big scale gradually by creating awareness among the farmers. It may be mentioned here that the Central Government had issued advisory in 2015 to all the States to take a propgramme to protect and promote sandalwood trees.

Therefore, as part of making a modest beginning, the department invited Pune-based sandalwood expert and Founder of Harit Mitra Pariwar Mahendra Ghagare to train the field staff in plantation, care and other aspects. He will also provide technical guidance in the future for contributing in making Chhattisgarh green under the Chief Minister Harihar Yojna.

Around 50 field staff members of Forest Department participated in the training programme held at Van Chintan Bhawan in Raipur on Saturday. O P Yadav, Technical Advisor, Chhattisgarh State Biodiversity Board, and Ramesh Marulkar, Deputy Editor, The Hitavada, Nagpur, were the guests of honour. On the occasion, Ghagare gave away 20 kg seeds of sandalwood free of cost to Chhattisgarh Forest Department. Speaking to The Hitavada, Ghagare said that at least 15,000 sandalwood seedlings would be planted in Raipur, Jagdapur and Surguja forest circles by mobilizing school and college students.

On his initiative, over 35 lakh sandalwood trees have been planted in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat and other states. He is keen to plant sandalwood trees in all states of the country. Vanshree awardee Ghagare said that a sandalwood tree was like a fixed deposit. If a farmer plants this tree, then he will be able to get Rs 1 crore after 60 years. Ghagare has been awarded Adarsh Vriksh Mitra award by Maharashtra government for protection and conservation of trees. Harit Mitra Parivar, a social organization , has been distributing seeds to pilgrims. The sandalwood expert has been making people aware about plantation of sandalwood for last 15 years and its economic benefit.