Berhampur, May 14 (LocalWire): The forest department has drawn up an ambitious plan to plant over 23 lakh samplings in Berhampur division this year under different government schemes.
Ten out of 22 blocks in Ganjam district fall under the Berhampur forest division while the rest are under Ghumusara South and Ghumusara North divisions.
Plans are on for bulk plantation of 4.37 lakh plants under artificial re-generation of plants, including bamboo in 300 hectares and 4.80 lakh plants in added natural re-generation in 2185 hectares under the National Afforestation
The bulk plantation will be undertaken in different schemes including
Green Mahanadi Mission (GMM), Green India Mission (GIM) and
Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management (CAMPA).
Similarly the department has decided to plant 17,500 plants under urban plantation programme.
This included 40,000 under increasing green cover scheme and 20,000 under GMM programme, said divisional forest officer (DFO) Berhampur Ashish Kumar Behera.
A target has been set to distribute around 13.10 lakh saplings from different nurseries to different organisations and people for plantation.
As many as 65 nurseries have been developed in various areas for the purpose.
The proposed plantation in the division was around 20 percent excess than
the previous year’s plantation, officials said.
‘We decided to undertake this drive which is more than the previous years because several thousand trees have been uprooted due to the twin cyclones Titli and Fani, which swept through the district in October last year and May this year,’ the DFO said.
Around 6000 huge trees were uprooted in a gap of less than seven months, he said. Besides several other small trees and horticulture plants were also destroyed in the cyclones.
The greenery in the district was totally destroyed due to the cyclone Phailin, which hit near Gopalpur in October 2013.
Since then, we have undertaken massive plantation drives in the district, said DFO.