Govt to take up aerial seed spraying in hilly areas

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has said the government is committed to increase the forest cover area in Bihar in the next five years and in pursuance of it the government will take up spraying of seeds by helicopters in forest areas of Rajgir hills.

Modi said on Tuesday that the state helicopter would be used to drop seeds on the Rajgir hills as it is difficult to make plantation to such hills.

This apart, Modi said, 3,500 government schools and a good number of private schools would be involved in tree plantation. All these schemes would be launched on August 9 when the state would celebrate World Earth Day.

In each school five trees would be planted and target is to plant 19,000 shrubs and 4,000 big trees in the next three years. Panchayats and eco clubs would be also asked to plant trees on a massive scale under the MNREGA scheme. He said after calculating longitude and latitude of planted trees through satellite mapping the state government would be assessed the rise / fall in the forest cover. Each tree would be encircled with iron cage so that animal or other disruptive element could not destroy the tree. These trees would be under the care of the government for five years.

Source: TOI

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