265 hectares of land available for afforestation

The Forest Department has officially started its social forestry project in Bahour. This year, the Department wants to focus on the afforestation of the Bahour area, along with the promotion of farm forestry, Conservator of Forests S. Senthil Kumar said.

Speaking to The-Hindu after assuming office here on Monday, Mr. Senthil Kumar said that they were waiting for the water to recede from the various small ponds and lakes in Bahour before they started the planting. They were choosing species of trees that would not only promote the green cover, but also encourage birds to seek shelter.

Terminalia arjuna (Neermaruthu), Kadambu and Karuvel (acacia) are among the species chosen, since these species will be able to survive even when the water level goes up. There are around 265 hectares of land available for afforestation in the Bahour area.

Another thrust area will be the Oussudu Lake. The Department is continuing their monitoring activities and this year they are exploring the option of receiving funds from various Centrally-sponsored schemes in order to improve the monitoring and to strengthen the vigil around Oussudu.

Further, they will also be working with the farming community to promote farm forestry, especially in the fallow areas of the Union Territory. They will be working with farmers on various technology outreach programs through the year.

Once they understand the kind of saplings the farmers need, the Department will start a program to increase the stock of certain species, he said.


  • Department intends to work with the farming community to promote farm forestry, especially in fallow areas of the Union Territory

  • It is exploring option of receiving funds to improve monitoring and to strengthen vigil around Oussudu Lake


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