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Massive achievement in fresh plantation at Ambassa by Forest Dept
Massive achievement in fresh plantation at Ambassa by Forest Dept

AGARTALA, March 31 (TIWN): Against all odds, the forest department under Ambassa forest division has achieved a massive success in raising new plantation, maintenance of old forest, roadside and river bank plantation during the current financial year. During the year 2014-15, the Ambassa forest division has set a target of 1050 hector new plantation besides maintain ace of 1200 hectares old forest. Besides, plots measuring 50 hectares were to be brought under agro forestry. Around 95 percent target has been achieved so far while remaining portion will be covered by March 31 next, said the official source.

According to the source, programmes like road plantation, river bank plantation and model bamboo plantation have also witnessed tremendous success in Ambassa forest division during the 2014-15 FY. During the period, 60 lakh nurseries were raised while 4 lakh nurseries were raised by community participation (SHGs) in the forest division. Despite major success in plantation field, traditional shifting cultivation remains a worry for the forest department.

Traditional jhum cultivation is still being practiced in Gandacherra and Ganganagar areas which is harming the plantation or old forest wealth. However, the department at Ambassa  have been able to recover 30 percent degrading forest by way of extending livelihood schemes to jhumias, source said.

Of the total 55 check dams, most of check dams have been created and only a few are in the progress. A total of 17 housing facilities (IAY) having toilets have been created in two ADC Village Committees- Jeoalcherra and Gurdhanpara Regrouped village. Under the Integrated Watershed Programme, 50 beneficiaries were brought under various plantation schemes- lemon, pineapple and banana

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