October 17, 2009 2:13:57 am
The state forest department is now turning Kukrail into an area to plant species that are on the decline in the state.
By doing so,the department aims to improve the plants genes,which will further improve their quality and population.
After planting saplings of endangered species like Indopiptadenia Oudhensis Haathipehl or Genti,saplings of other species like Crateva Religosa (Barna),Cloestanthus Collinus (Karcha) and Garcinia Morella (Tamal) will also be sowed in the area. The plant species,which have become localised in the state and are in need of conservation,are being planted here. After planting these species,we will look for more such species that are rare and their numbers are declining, said Ashok Singh,Divisional Forest Officer (DFO),Lucknow.
We will regularly monitor the plants progress and the conditions,which are suitable for their growth. Planting these species in Kukrail will also help in creating awareness about the declining plant species among the visitors, Singh added.
The species,which will be planted here,include Crateva Religosa (Barna) found in Mathura,Karcha (Cloestanthus Collinus) of Renukoot and Garcinia Morella (Tamal),which is found in Agra. These species are basically used for medicinal purpose,including diabetes and prostrate cancer.
The saplings of these species will be planted in the area and the conditions and monitoring will be done to ensure the conditions in which they can thrive.
The plants will be planted in small patches near the nursery in Kukrail. We are,however,yet to see if the experiment is successful. Once we get to know the conditions in which they re-generate,we will raise them in the nurseries and distribute it in areas to increase their number. In this manner,we will have the best genetic make-up of the plant, said a senior forest department official.
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