State to promote forest expansion on private lands
BHOPAL: The State Government will implement a
new scheme for forest expansion to promote plantation on private lands.
With a view to accelerating pace of providing
forest land rights documents to eligible tribal on 27000 hectare, it has been
decided to keep sub-divisional officers working as forest settlement officers
free from other duties.
These decisions were taken at a meeting of
departmental advisory committee chaired by Forest Minister Sartaj Singh here on
Thursday. Minister of State for Forests Jaisingh Marawi, MLA-Members of the
committee including Alkesh Arya, Dashrath Singh Lodhi, Narayan Prajapati, Nagendra
Singh, Prem Narayan Thakur, Principal Secretary Forests BP Singh and Principal
Chief Conservator of Forests RS Negi were present on the occasion.
At the meeting, detailed discussions were held
on Forest Expansion Scheme. Objectives of the scheme include making profitable
growing of trees for commercial purpose, replenishment of forest produce,
ensuring groundwater preservation, reducing pressure on government forests and
making available source of income through trees in case of loss to agricultural
crops. This will also increase forest density in the state.
Generally, preparation of a sapling costs Rs. 6
to 8. But plants will be provided to farmers at a price of Rs. 2 and root-shoot
at Rs. 0.50. Besides, a fixed amount will also be given to farmers to nurture
the plant for three years.
For assisting farmers, people living near
villages will be trained and registered as Vandoot. These Vandoots will get
saplings at reduced rates from nurseries, help farmers plant them and also
ensure their nurturing. Vandoots will be provided incentive money by the Forest
Department, which will be deposited in their bank accounts for Research &
Estimated profit from trees
Farmers are expected to earn Rs. 35,000 in 15
years from teak plantation, Rs. 150 in 4 years from bamboo-rafter, Rs. 20,000
from Khamer in 12 years, Rs. 5000 from eucalyptus in 10 years and Rs. 2000 from
Besides, discussions were
held on eco-tourism, cultivation of medicinal plants, Public Forestry,
distribution of compensation against loss caused by wild animals, tanks in
forest villages, construction of roads, making available livelihood sources to
members of Joint Forest Committees etc. Senior officers of the Forest
Department were present at the meeting.