SRINAGAR: Governor’s advisor Khursheed A Ganai on Monday called for creation of a separate Chinar section in the Forest department for plantation and preservation of the heritage tree.
Ganai directed the principal chief conservator of Forests to create a Chinar section in the Forest department to ensure plantation of Chinar saplings in the forest as well as in forest-degraded areas of Kashmir Valley.
He said it will ensure that Chinar trees are planted on a large scale and, therefore, preserved.
He also asked for creating nurseries across the Valley for growing Chinar saplings that could be sent to different areas of the state for plantation.
Ganai said it during a function organised by the department of Social Forestry Kashmir at CRPF campus Humhama.
He called for the protection of forests, stating: “Government is keen to recover the forest cover by planting more and more trees this season”.
He said the department of Social Forestry was planting one lakh plants on World Arbor day.
He said the government was taking the issue of deforestation seriously and will increase the forest cover in the state.
He stressed on the need to create awareness among the younger generation about the importance of forests.
The students, he said, should be made aware about climate change and the role of plants in dealing with such negative changes.
He said the government would also launch plantation on large scale in Jammu division in the coming season of plantation in June-July.
Ganai also stressed on the people to keep their surroundings clean and green as it will add to the beauty of Kashmir.
He said the department accomplished the plantation target of 8 lakh plants during previous year over the area of 588 hectares under various schemes.
He said about 80 lakh trees are being planted by various departments including Social Forestry this year.
On the occasion, the advisor was informed that about 16 lakh plants, including conifers and broad-leaved trees, have been raised in nurseries of Social Forestry department in Kashmir region.
It includes five lakh plants of male poplars, he was told.
Officials stated that 3.50 lakh plants of male cotton free poplars are being distributed to farmers in the Valley.