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CAMPA finalises Annual Plan of Operations
Major thrust laid on Afforestation, Soil & Moisture Conservation
1/12/2023 11:37:56 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Jan 12: The Executive Committee of CAMPA met today under the chairmanship of Dr. Mohit Gera, Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, J&K Forest Department.
Representatives of Administrative Departments of Finance, Forest, Environment & Ecology, Science & Technology, Revenue, Tribal Development and Panchayati Raj, and Planning & Monitoring participated in the meeting. Senior Officers of Forests and allied Departments including Chief Wildlife Warden, Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation Act), and Chief Accounts Officer attended the meeting.
Special invitees, including Director, Social Forestry Department; Director, Soil and Water Conservation; Director, J&K Forest Research Institute, besides Non-official members, Nazir-Be-Nazir (NGO Member) and Ch. Asaf Iqbal, Expert on Tribal matters, also participated in the meeting. Dr. Gera gave an overview of the main activities of the Department.
Under “Green Jammu and Kashmir Drive”, a record number of plants are being planted with the people’s participation under the campaign “Har Gaon Hariyali”. In the current year 1.50 Crore will be planted of which about 0.90 crore plants have already been planted. In order to secure forest lands, boundary pillars are being installed involving Territorial and Settlement and Demarcation Divisions and digital maps are being prepared.
He also apprised the participants about the recently notified policy on sustainable collection and utilization of Non Timber Forest Produce and its potential to provide livelihood opportunities for forest dependent communities including women and Tribals.
The Chief Executive Officer, CAMPA, Shri Sarvesh Rai, made a detailed presentation giving the progress of implementation of the approved Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of 2022-23 and proposed APOs for the next financial year 2023-24. He informed that against the current years’ afforestation target of 15000 ha, 7777 ha with planting of 31.00 Lakh Plants have been covered. Winter planting in temperate zones is in progress and targets for the year are likely to be achieved in full.
As regards next year’s APOs, a total of 13719 ha area is proposed to be afforested with planting of about 80.00 lakh plants through assisted natural and artificial regeneration. Planting of local species and a mix of indigenous fodder species is proposed to augment fodder supply. Suitable provision for forest fire prevention & control and protection of forest lands through installation of in-situ RCC boundary pillars is proposed. Provision for soil & water conservation measures including construction of DRSM, crates and water harvesting structures have been significantly enhanced.
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