Chandigarh: A peacock breeding centre would
be set up in the state as part of `Mission Green Haryana`
during which five crore saplings would also be planted in
On the eve of World Forestry Day, Chief Minister
Bhupinder Singh Hooda said forests and tree cover in the state
would be increased from seven to ten per cent and a peacock
breeding centre, a first of its kind in the state, would be
More than five crore plants would be made available to
the nurseries of the Forest department for plantation and free
distribution to farmers, public and institutions during the
next fiscal, he said.
The state had developed plantation forests on community
lands and agro-forests on farm lands and was striving to
contribute to the National Forest Policy goal of having at
least 33 per cent of the total geographical area of the
country under forest and tree cover.
Hooda said in the current year, about 2.7 crore saplings
had been distributed free to the public, farmers, schools and
other institutions and about 2.3 crore saplings had been
planted by the Forest department.
He said 28 herbal parks, one in each district, had also
been set up.
The state forest policy 2006 aimed at increasing the
forest and tree cover in the state from seven per cent to 10
per cent by 2010 and 20 per cent eventually in a phased
manner, he added.
Forest minister Ajay Singh Yadav said State Compensatory
Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority has been
set up for protection and management of natural forests and
wildlife sanctuaries, compensatory afforestation,
environmental services and research and development.
Under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Rs 187.43
crore had already been contributed to this fund by the user
agencies against sanctioned proposals, he said.