175 Crore Saplings To Be Planted In UP In Five Years, This Year 35 Crore
Lucknow, May 31, 2022 || According to the State of Forest Report 2021, 9.23 percent of the total geographical area of Uttar Pradesh has forest cover. In 2013 it was 8.82 per cent. According to the report, there has been an increase of 91 square kilometers in the total forest cover and tree cover during 2019.
The government has now set a target of further enhance this area to 15 percent by 2030. For this, the government has set a target of planting 175 crore saplings in the next five years. And for this, the Yogi government is doing intensive plantation during the rainy season since its first tenure. As a result, 101.49 crore saplings have been planted with the efforts of the government between 2017-18 and 2021-2022.
Looking at the progress year after year, the target is bigger and for this very reason Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wants more and more people to join the plantation drive so much so that it shapes up into a mass movement. This is the motive behind schemes like Navagraha Vatika, Nakshatra Vatika, Panchavati, Gangaavan, Amritvan.
Indigenous plants like Banyan, Peepal, Pakad, Neem, Bael, Amla, Mango, Jackfruit and Drumstick will get preference during the plantation drive. The intention of the government is that the plantation during the rainy season should be according to the agroclimate zone (agro-climatic zone) of the area concerned.
Plantation campaign will be carried out by keeping 29 species and 943 heritage trees at the center for different districts. In this, along with the national tree Banyan, indigenous plants like Peepal, Pakar, Neem, Bael, Amla, Mango, Jackfruit and Drumstick will be accorded priority.