A large number of fruit tree saplings were distributed for plantation in villages of Saklana range in Tehri district by Sustainable Green Initiative (SGI) with the help of Earth Day Network (EDN) on Sunday. The saplings including apricot, walnut, plum, pear and lemon will be planted by villagers in their farmland and homesteads.
“We are fortunate to be a part of the tree story in the very area that gave the world ‘Vriksha Manav’ Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani,” said EDN country director Karuna Singh. Saklani, who breathed his last on January 18, accomplished the near-impossible feat of regenerating over a hundred hectare area in his village Saklana by planting broad-leaved and fruiting trees in his lifetime. It is estimated that he planted about 50 lakh trees.
SGI director Raj Mohan said, “This day has become doubly important and auspicious since we are where the ‘Vriksha Manav’ worked his magic. We dedicate our efforts to him.” SGI will help the villagers plant and nurture these fruit trees to not only increase the green cover but also provide nutrition and secondary income to the villagers by way of secondary income from selling the fruits. According to SGI’s estimates, each fruit tree gives a quintal or more of fruits from the fourth year onwards. While helping the farmers nurture these saplings into young trees, SGI will stress on the importance of organic farming and help the villagers in taking care of them by not resorting to chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
It is worth mentioning here that in February 2018, SGI had planted 5,000 fruit trees in the villages around Marora. The saplings were crowd-funded by the RECK Alumni. “Inspired by the nurturing and upkeep provided by the local community and the growth of the plants, we have been encouraged to plant a hundred thousand fruit trees in this region,” added Mohan.
Monday, 11 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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