Amaravati, November 17 – Forest, Energy and Environment Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy said that Trees Outside Forests (TOF) would strengthen farmers economically and the standard of living of the people. Speaking at the event on Trees Outside India’s Forests (TOFI) organized by USAID. MoEFCC, the minister said that we need to protect the environment as the pollution level is increasing alarmingly. The minister said, “The government intends to increase the forest cover from 23 per cent to 33 per cent across the state under the leadership of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
He appreciated the initiative of Union Ministry and USAID for implementing the tree plantation program in non-forest land in Andhra Pradesh along with UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam, Odisha, Tamil Nadu. “Through this program, 2.8 Million hectares of non-forest land are being planted with trees, which is a positive sign. About 30 to 45 trees absorb one tonne of carbon dioxide in a year while trees in non-forest land absorb 420 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. We planted 1.2 crore saplings under Jagannath Pachthoranam to increase the forest cover in whole of Andhra Pradesh and planted more than 65 lakh saplings under Avenue Plantation in an area of about 17 thousand kms. “Lakhs of acres of mangoes were planted in Chittoor district alone Steps have been taken to uplift the economic status of the people.
Measures are being taken to strengthen the economic condition of the farmers through horticulture. The government is working to build 16 urban parks at a cost of Rs 15 crore. Special Chief Secretary (EFS&T) Nirab Kumar Prasad, PCCF (HOFF) Forest Department Y Madhusudan Reddy, USAID Mission Director Veena Reddy, (TOFI) Chief Dr Chandrasekhar, USAID Deputy Director Varghese Paul and forest officials participated in the event .
Andhra Pradesh – ‘Trees outside forests to improve livelihoods’
Story first published: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 19:33 [IST]