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Planting of casuarina and teak saplings under way

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FOREST MOVE: Teak trees planted along the banks of the Uyyakondan river in Tiruchi. Similar exercise will be undertaken on private lands.
FOREST MOVE: Teak trees planted along the banks of the Uyyakondan river in Tiruchi. Similar exercise will be undertaken on private lands.

R.Rajaram

Under tree cultivation on private lands scheme

TIRUCHI: The Social Forestry Division, Tiruchi has commenced the work of planting teak and casuarina saplings in private lands belonging to farmers in Tiruchi and Nagapattinam districts under the Tree Cultivation in Private Lands (TCPL) Scheme over the past few days following rains.

Of the 3.5 lakh saplings to be planted under the TCPL scheme in the current fiscal, the Social Forestry Division, Tiruchi, which has working jurisdiction over six districts in the Central region, has already planted 60,000 saplings in private lands belonging mainly to the small and medium farmers identified under the scheme in both these districts.

The Forest Department staff will do the pitting and planting works in a total area of 510 hectares of private lands this year and have identified over 600 farmers under this scheme. A total of 1.5 lakh teak saplings would be planted in 300 hectares in Tiruchi district and one lakh teak saplings in 200 hectares in Nagapattinam district.

About 75,000 casuarina saplings would be planted in a total area of 7.5 hectares in Nagapattinam, while 25,000 saplings would be planted in 2.5 hectares in Tiruchi district.

The Department has planned to complete the planting works before November, Deepak Srivasthava, Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Division, Tiruchi told The Hindu here. The State government has sanctioned Rs. 31 lakhs for raising nurseries and for planting works. This apart, the Forest Department will provide one lakh teak saplings free of cost under the scheme to select farmers of Tiruchi, Perambalur and Tiruvarur districts. These saplings would be planted by the farmers themselves in a total area of 200 hectares.

Small and marginal farmers each with a holding of one hectare or less than that had been selected under the TCPL scheme which aims at improving green cover outside the forest area besides benefiting the farmers economically in the longer run.

The Department would provide incentives to the farmers under the TCPL scheme, launched last year, for nurturing the saplings after inspecting its survival, Mr. Deepak Srivasthava said adding that the demand for casuarina was more from the farmers of Nagapattinam.

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