Peacock breeding centre to come up in Haryana
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 19:01
  
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 2010-11.

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 set up.

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.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 19:01


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