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ICFRE to raise bamboo cultivation area

Agartala: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), a Dehradun-based autonomous body under the Union ministry of Environment and Forests, is planning to increase area under bamboo cultivation in Tripura to generate livelihood for the tribals, a top official said in Agartala.
     
 “One hectare of land was distributed per family among a total 1,76,000 tribal families under the Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. We want bamboo multiplication by imparting them with modern cultivation techniques and know-how so that it can generate sustainable livelihood for them”, Director General of ICFRE, V K Bahuguna said.
    
He said, Tripura grows two rare species of bamboos – Muli and Mirtinga and with the support of ICFRE the production could be multiplied with which the tribals would be able to earn money.
     
Bahuguna said, the ICFRE has recently opened a branch in Dehradun, the objectives of which is to include undertake, aid, promote and coordinate forestry education, research and its application and developing forest extension programme.
 
Bahuguna said, it is also planning a model for eco-tourism to boost the tourism in the state by building proper lodges in jungles in which the tribal communities will be involved.

(Agencies)

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