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Karnataka plans ‘a lakh tree plantation campaign’ from Aug 3

A. J. Vinayk Mangalore | Updated on July 24, 2013 Published on July 24, 2013

The Karnataka Government has taken initiatives to plant trees on the land available with schools and public institutions.

Named ‘Laksha Vriksha Andolan’ (a lakh tree plantation campaign), it will be launched formally in Mangalore on August 3.

Clifford Lobo, Range Forest Officer of Mangalore, told Business Line that the department has taken up this programme to plant trees on the campuses of schools, companies, non-governmental organisations, etc. The aim is to increase the green cover on the land available in such places.

To a query on the species to be planted in such places, he said the local varieties of different plants would be planted under the programme. There is also good demand from people for planting some wild fruit trees, and those would also be planted, he said. Only those species that adapt to the local condition would be planted under this programme.

The Karnataka Forest Department, in association with Mangalore City Corporation and other agencies, has already planted around 6,000 saplings in different parts of Mangalore.

Added to this, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has planted more than 20,000 saplings on its premises in New Mangalore. The members of National Service Scheme have planted more than 1,000 saplings on the campus of Mangalore University.

The major companies that have their presence in Mangalore will also participate in this programme to increase the green cover in the region.

The planting of saplings is already started and it is an ongoing process, he said.

The Karnataka Forest Minister and in-charge of Dakshina Kannada district, B. Ramanatha Rai, will launch this state-level programme in Mangalore on August 3.

>vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

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Published on July 24, 2013
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