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Conservation measures: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at the Malabar Botanical Garden at Olavanna in Kozhikode on Saturday.
Conservation measures: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at the Malabar Botanical Garden at Olavanna in Kozhikode on Saturday.

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National educational science exhibition inaugurated

Kozhikode: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said there is no meaning in crying over protection of forests and wild animals, but what is needed is hard decisions to protect them.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a meeting to open the Malabar Botanical Garden to the public and to inaugurate a national educational science exhibition ‘Biodiversity India,’ here on Saturday. Mr. Achuthanandan said only because the previous UDF government had forgot to protect the forests and rivers, the present government was forced to take hard and bold decisions in Munnar and other places. The present government was taking over the protection of the forest and rivers by paying ‘compound interest’.

He said that laws alone cannot protect paddy fields and wetlands. Public awareness was also important. Minister for Industries Elamaram Karim presided over the function.

The garden, which was open only to students for study purposes, would now be open to the public. The garden has herbal garden, Hortus Malabaricus garden and `star forest’ apart from these water plants. It has a total area of 40 acres and has been dedicated to the memory of Itty Achuthan Vaidyar, who helped in the compilation of Hortus Malabaricus.

The exhibition conducted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) is attended by more than 40 research institutions across the country. The exhibition showcases fossils of very old plants, different varieties of butterflies, birds, fish, domestic animals, spices and agricultural crops.

The smallest plant, seed, frog and varieties of ginger were exhibited. Different types of soil, water, life style of tribals and different types of wood were also displayed. The exhibition will conclude on February 13. The entrance fee is Rs.10 and students coming with attestation letters from respective institution heads will be charged only Rs.5.

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