Extensive tree plantation is needed during post-Amphun rainy season
Extreme cyclone ‘Amphan’ has caused extensive damage to agriculture, animal husbandry, fishery and forestry in the state. The devastation is extremely more than you can imagine. In the Corona situation, the farmers of Bengal have lost the means of selling their agricultural products. Paddy, jute, maize, summer vegetables and fruit trees are gone in the farm and field. The damage to the mangrove forests in coastal saline zone is unprecedented; Community-based social forests have been devastated; The avenue trees in the roadsides have been uprooted in large numbers – as we know from the mass media and from the social media privately. The comprehensive reports is yet to come pertaining to the damage in Livestock farming, cattle rearing, pisciculture in ponds and reservoirs. Needless to say, the actual number of casualties will frighten us. Net disconnected, people without electricity, wailing for food and drinking water is the common phenomenon . Super cyclone has taken away the shelter of human habitat.
The government and non-government development agencies must now plan to replace the damage especially in the forests, community-based social forests, orchards and roadside plantations. The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Horticulture, the Department of Forests have to take the collective and integrated initiatives to make ten times more than the tree saplings requirement in the previous year by composing nurseries during wartime activities. They sholud issue a guideline on the selection of plant species withal. As many fruit trees as possible should be planted in the community based social forests, panchyet-barren-land and in the roadsides. Local NGOs should be encouraged to plant trees along the banks of canals including all river basin/valley projects. Panchayats have set up nurseries in their own areas with their own financial budget. The local authorities should put the responsibilities upon the local people to save the plantations and seedlings. In 100 days work, cut the pond as much as possible and make arrangements to harvest and retain rain water, to collect seeds and saplings from the local forests and take care of them in the nursery upto the plantation and plant them in appropriate places should be incorporated. There should be no lack of planning in 100 days of work. This year, however, is crucial for development, depending on the state’s environment in the forthcoming days, whether the effects of global warming can be mitigated, whether mangroves can be planted extensively in the Sundarbans to prevent future storms, erosion by planting large trees along the river banks and canals. Whether river erosion can be prevented and the livelihood of the poor people of the state can be managed by increasing the forest resources.
A call to all professors of agriculture, researchers, students, agriculturists, environmentalists, river experts, scientists, social workers – you plan now to make as many nurseries as possible for preparing seedlings and propagules. Let the concerted efforts of all continue till it is planted, saved and raised. Pick up all the mango seeds/stones during the mango season and take care of them in the seedbeds. Volunteers were asked to collect neem seeds, acacia seeds, jarul seeds and various other forest seeds. Volunteer friends learn the techniques of plant propagation. Farmers should create agro-forestry on their own land. Save nature and make more income by building intensive orchards and Agroforestry in a special model.