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About 1.5 crore saplings to be distributed
Government plans to achieve 33 per cent forest cover in the State
Bangalore: To achieve 33 per cent forest cover in the State, the Forest Department has decided to distribute 1.5 crore saplings for free to farmers during the monsoon season.
Minister for Forests C.H. Vijayashankar told presspersons on Wednesday that saplings would be distributed to farmers under agro-forestry promotion scheme.
The department would give annual maintenance grant of Rs. 10, Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 for the first three years respectively for each sapling. The scheme would be implemented with the active cooperation of village forest committees and self-help groups, he said.
There would be no ceiling on the number of saplings to be distributed to farmers, who would themselves have to choose the variety and order the number of saplings by approaching the gram panchayats. All varieties of saplings would be distributed to farmers. A survey would be taken up soon to assess the demand for saplings in the next two years, he said.
A meeting of vice-chancellors of universities of agricultural sciences and horticultural universities would be convened next week to discuss the issue and assess the capacity of universities to supply saplings for distribution. The Forest Department would only provide about 25,000 saplings a year, he said.
The Minister, who recently visited the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, said the university officials had expressed willingness to supply two lakh saplings in the monsoon season. The universities would be asked to ensure that the saplings are of better quality so that farmers would reap benefits after four-five years of the plantation, he said.
The department has planned to distribute about seven crore saplings next year and 15 crore saplings in 2013-14, he said.
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