Social Forestry Scheme: Forest conservator lauds farmer

 Under the state government’s ambitious scheme, farmer Beere Gowda had grown neem in his field and received a cash prize of Rs 10,100

 Conservator of Forests Balachandra expressed his happiness over the abundant growth of Hebbevu (Neem) at the field in Mantikoppal belonging to Beere Gowda, a native of Yemme Koppalu village in Hunsur taluk.

He said: “Agriculture forestry is one of the ambitious projects of the state government. Farmers should take active part in programme and make it a success. As part of the project, farmers can register their names and buy a sapling for Rs 1. Also under the project, neem, silver oak, teak and other saplings will be provided. To encourage farmers to take up cultivation of the saplings, Rs 10,000 will be given to farmers in the first year which would increase to Rs 15,000 in the second year and Rs 20,000 in the third year.”

“Farmers should thus take up cultivation of such saplings and not only prosper but also contribute to the growth of the environment,” he added.

Tobacco farming is affecting the environment. Thus, farmers instead of taking up tobacco cultivation should grow saplings and contribute to the growth of a green environment, he said.

Conservator of Forests Balachandra further noted that Hunsur stands in the first place in agriculture forestry in the state. Thus, in recognition of it, the state government has provided a fund of Rs 1, 30,00,000. And Rs 2 crore will be awarded in the next year, he added.

Former Zilla Panchayat member Ramesh, Sub-Divisional Forest Officer Rizwan and others were present with Conservator of Forests Balachandra.

 Social forestry encourages farmers to plant trees in and around their agriculture fields to take the pressure off the forest and also empower them to meet the growing demand of timber, fuel wood, fodder etc.

 Conservator of Forests Balachandra hands over a cheque of Rs 10,100 to farmer Beere Gowda of Yemme Koppalu village of Hunsur taluk under Agriculture Forestry Scheme of the government.

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