Moreh, January 24, 2018 : Forest and environment minister Thaounaojam Shyamkumar today said horticulture and soil conservation department will conduct mass plantation of trees at the Indo-Myanmar border at Indian side, where the trees have been earlier cut.
He declared the statement during his inspection at the border area. He also visited Holenphai village in Tengnoupal district during his inspection. Holenphai village is in the border and is the last village of Manipur.
He said fruit bearing trees like jackfruit, leeche and even cashew will be planted. He said experts will be also consulted so that suitable fruit bearing trees are planted in the region.
Adresing the reporters at the Holenphai village, the minister said trees are being cut down in large scale in Myanmar side and transported illegally to India. He said if massive cutting continues in the border area, the resulting climate change will affect both the countries. He urther appealed to the people of the area not to cut trees and help in saving the environment.
Shyamkumar said the chief minister will be consulted on possible steps to be taken to combat the global warming and stop illegal transportation of logs from Myanmar side via Manipur.
He was accompanied by Lalkholun Haokip, village chief of Holenphai village and officials, including forest department officials.
Shyamkumar also inspected the forest areas in Henglep sub-division of Churachandpur yesterday.