Forest dept ready for afforestation: Dr K T Hanumanthappa

Mysuru, August 14:- Forest department is getting ready to plant saplings across the district as part of Hasiru Karnataka programme announced by the state government.

“According to the national forest scheme, at least 33% of the earth should be forest area. Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has announced Hasiru Karnataka programme to increase forest cover.  Saplings will be planted at small hills, premises of government offices, schools and colleges and farms. Our aim is to have a social forest at villages and a forest at a taluk,” said deputy forest officer,  Dr T K Hanumanthappa at a press meet at Aranya Bhavan.

“District in-charge minister G T Devegowda will inaugurate the programme on the occasion of the Independence Day. The event will be held for 3 days. Around 1,000 saplings will be planted at the premises of government offices. Fifty varieties of saplings will be planted. We have already planted 22 lakh saplings and 17 lakh plants have been distributed to public and farmers. 43000 plants have been planted at various layouts and main roads of the city. 72000 plants of 50 varieties have been planted in the district. More than 30 varieties of plants will be planted on the occasion of Independence Day,” he informed.

He said that 4 lakh plants have been planted at 2,250 hectares at Beechanahalli of H D Kote.

He said that one village panchayat in each constituency will be provided with 300 saplings under Hasiru Karnataka programme.

He said that the wing of the forest department will take part in Independence Day march past for the first time wearing uniforms with the name Hasiru Karnataka.

Chief forest officer S Venkateshan, Siddaramappa, M Chandrashekhar and others were present. (MR/KS).

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