Jammu, Minister for Forest, Environment, and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday informed the house that in last one year the department has retrieved around 1.35 lakh kanal encroached forest land, planted 2 Cr saplings to revitalize degraded forests and minimize the human intervention – the root cause of all troubles.
Winding up the debate on Demand for Grants of the Forest, Ecology, Environment and allied departments, the Minister said development of new nurseries across the state forms the prime among series of initiatives taken to sustain and stabilize JK’s frail environmental ambiance.
“Establishment of hi-tech nurseries and upgrading of existing ones for production of quality planting stocks with a target of raising 15 crore saplings annually is a major step forward to increase the annual plantation targets.”
He said SFRI has established five model nurseries with a capacity of raising 50 lakh plants each.
He said state-wide drive carried out last year witnessing plantation of 2 crore saplings on mainland including 30% fruit-bearing species and 2.5 lakh along the National Highways became possible with untiring efforts of departmental functionaries and cooperation of the local people.