Mass agar plantation drive in Senapati

Mass agar plantation drive in Senapati
Manipur forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar watering a agar sapling during the plantation drive in Senapati.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 21 | Publish Date: 8/21/2018 12:16:18 PM IST

Manipur forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar Tuesday launched the mass agar plantation drive at the Island village in Senapati district.

The programme was organized as a part of the ongoing mass agar plantation drive initiated by the forest department. 

Interacting with the villagers, the minister said that agar plantation will help the villagers earn income and also help in protecting the environment in the state. 

Stating that around 3,300 agar trees will be planted in the surroundings of Island village, he asked the villagers to wholeheartedly nurture the trees till its maturity. Replying to queries of the villagers, he said the villagers can earn from Rs 30,000 to Rs one lakh per tree within a span of seven-eight years. 

He said that the mass agar plantation will help in providing sustainable economic development in the state. It may be mentioned here that the agar plantation was launched by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh at Langol Reserved Forest, Luwangshangbam in Imphal West district on June 24, 2018 under an initiative of the government to provide alternative livelihood to the villagers of the state.

The plantation drive is being carried out in the state following MoU signed with the Government of India and Government of Laos during the last year’s Manipur Sangai Festival. Government of Laos will provide maintenance fund, necessary treatments for the trees and a market place for the agar trees planted in the state. 

Principal chief conservator of forests, Kereilhouvi Angami and head of forest Force (PCCF & HoFF), officials of Thoubal forest division and locals of the area attended the programme.

The state forest department has so far conducted the plantation drive in Chandel, Ukhrul and twin Imphal districts.

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