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‘Agar plantation will help in providing sustainable economic development’



Forest and Environment minister planted tree

Forest and Environment minister planted tree

Source: Imphal Free Press

SENAPATI | Aug 21: Forest and Environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar launched the agar plantation programme at Island, Senapati district today. The programme was organised by Thoubal Forest Division as a part of the ongoing mass agar plantation drive initiated by the Forest department. Interacting with the villagers including officials of Forest department, Shyamkumar said that agar plantation will help the villagers to earn income and also help in protecting the environment of the state. Stating that around 3,300 agar trees will be planted in the surroundings of Island area, he advised the villagers to wholeheartedly nurture the trees till its maturity. Replying to the queries of the villagers, he said that the villagers can earn upto Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per tree within a span of 7-8 years and the matured trees will help them to earn more income. He also said that the mass agar plantation will help in providing sustainable economic development in the state. It may be mentioned that the agar plantation was launched by chief minister, N. Biren Singh at Langol Reserved Forest, Luwangshangbam on June 24. The plantation is an initiative of the government to provide alternative livelihood to the villagers in the state. The plantation drive is carried out in the state following MoU signed with the government of India and government of Laos during the last year’s Manipur Sangai Festival. Government of Laos will provide maintenance fund, necessary treatments for the trees and a market place for the agar trees planted in the state. The agar plantation programme was also attended by principal chief conservator of Forests, Kereilhouvi Angami and head of Forest Force (PCCF and HoFF), officials of Thoubal Forest Division and locals of the area.