Agar planted at Green Park

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 11, 2018:  As part of the ongoing mass agar plantation drive launched in the state by the forest department, an agar plantation program was held on the theme ‘plant for your future’ at Green Park, Mangra Ching, Sangaithel, Imphal West.

The program was jointly organised by Socio Economic and Environment Development Society (SEEDS), Editors’ Guild Manipur and directorate of environment.

Forest and environment Thounaojam Shyamkumar expressed hope that the agar plantation program will help in protecting the environment for the future generation. Planting of trees in bare land along with proper nurturing will help in income generation and protect the environment, he added.

Stating that the agar plantation drive is launched in the state following memorandum of understanding signed with the government of Laos during the Manipur Sangai Festival last year, he said Manipur is the most suitable state in the country for agar plantation. Informing that the trees will be protected by the locals/land  owners, he said necessary assistance and maintenance fund for the tress will be provided by the government of Laos. Stating that income will be generated after 6-7 years, he appealed to the people of the State to help in protecting the trees and environment of the state.

Sapam Ranjan Singh, chairman, Tourism Corporation said the state has massive potential but we are unable to tap the energy properly. Stating that the place is a strategic location with the ongoing railways project in the area, he said the place has lot of potential and it is blessed with scenic beauty. Speaking on tourism aspect in the area, he said he will consult on possible steps which can be undertaken by the tourism department and informed that it is his first visit at the location.

Khogendro Khomdram, President, editors’ guild, said the agar plantation program is organised with an aim to contribute in the environmental protection by people from all walks of life. He appealed and hoped that more individuals and groups will come forward to help and contribute in environmental protection.

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