Ranchi: Sal, playing a major role in conservation and preservation of bio-diversity of Jharkhand forests is crying for attention. However, coming as a welcome initiative, the Forest department has woken up to the conservation of the disappearing species. The year long programme of planting saplings considered to be a viable step in reincarnation of the Sal tree has gained 40 percent success so far.

The rampant chopping of trees in Saranda of Jharkhand has been a matter of severe concern and absence of a timely initiative can lead to intense consequences. Rising up to the cause, the Forest Attribution Research and Analysis Zone of the Forest Department started a project to increase the numbers of Sal trees and gained success in its efforts.

In the Garha Katanga, Gamharia and Devgarh research centres of Forest Attribution Research and Analysis Zone, Sal saplings were grown in polybags under laboratory conditions for three years.

Referring to the task plan and research, Chief Forest Conservator AK Mishra said, “We studied Sal trees for a while at the Gamharia research centre and came up with expected results. Out of 200 plants, 75 percent grew properly from 5 to 6 inches in two months.”

Expressing happiness on the success of the plan, AK Mishra added, “Now we will also focus on planting Sal trees in other forests of the state other than Saranda.”

Medicinal properties of Sal:

The sticky substance derived from Sal trees is used to produce natural medicine for diarrhea. It is also used in skin creams and ear related ailments.