“Trees and forests are essential for ecological balance. Its imbalance is causing climate change and environmental disaster. Scorching summer, less rain in monsoon and flood due to excessive rain are some of the consequences of environmental pollution and ecological imbalance. We should grow more trees for greener and prosperous Bihar. Save trees to save environment, Mother Earth and life.” said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the program.
“Ghorakatora is the pollution free ecotourism spot in Rajgir. Motor vehicles, polythene bags and night stay are not allowed there. You have to visit there by Tonga or by foot. Our target is to raise the green cover from 9% to 15% in the state by 2017” he further added. He also stressed upon Environmental security by large scale tree plantation and its protection for greener Bihar.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh threw light upon the importance of planting trees and protecting them for better future. Dr. Mangla Rai advisor on agriculture to the Chief Minister put forth his views on environmental conservation through people’s participation.
On this occasion of Hariyali Samagam, “Paryavaran Rath”had been flgged off for elven districts of Bihar-Patna, Ara, Buxar, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, West Champaran, East Champaran, Madhubani, Supaul,
Araria and Kishanganj. The main aim of the Paryavaran Rath was to make the people aware of the importance of the trees for the preservation of life on the Earth.
About 51 prizes were distributed for six categories for high quality nursery and plantations. In the technical session, farmers were given valuable training and technical knowledge on going schemes which were being run by the Department of Environment and Forest. In the evening musical cultural program were also organised in which Annu Singh from Noida and her team participated and entertained the audience.
Secretary of the Department of Environment and Forest, Government of Bihar, Deepak Kumar Singh welcomed the guests and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, B.N.Jha gave vote of thanks. JFM Eco Committee member, Harvinder Singh highlighted the agricultural methods for better poplar farming and it’s marketing through PowerPoint slide slow. Young Kisan Ratna, Suresh Gupta of Araria district was selected as resource person by the secretary, Deepak Kumar Singh during technical session. Development Commissioner, Alok Kumar Sinha, Agriculture Production Commissioner, A.K. Chauhan and other officers of the Department of Environment and Forest were also present in the program.