The response to the agro-forestry programme in the Gulbarga Forest Circle has been overwhelming,” said Conservator of Forests A. Radhabai here on Tuesday. The Gulbarga Forest Circle includes Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur and Yadgir districts.

She said the programme was a new initiative launched by the State Government to increase green cover by encouraging farmers to plant trees on wasteland.

Ms. Radhabai said workshops had been organised in Gulbarga, Bidar and Raichur districts to create awareness among farmers about the programme.

She said another such workshop would be organised in Yadgir district soon.

In the three districts, 3,557 farmers had registered for the programme and demanded 6.35 lakh saplings for planting. The department had supplied 1.24 lakh saplings already, she said. Ms. Radhabai said 1,477 farmers had registered for it in Gulbarga district, 1,029 had registered in Bidar, 791 in Raichur and 260 in Yadgir.

She said 66,575 seedlings have been distributed in Bidar district, followed by 28,863 seedlings in Yadgir district and 20,835 seedlings in Raichur and 8,270 seedlings in Gulbarga district.