Chandigarh, Dec 8 (UNI) The Haryana Forests Department has decided to give highest priority to agro forestry in order to achieve a ten per cent target of tree cover in the state by 2010.
This was disclosed by State Minister for Forest, Environment and Tourism Kiran Choudhry in a meeting with officials of Haryana Forest Department here today.
She said the Forest Department would take steps for benefit of farmers, who would be mobilised and provided with free saplings and the produce of these trees would belong to them.
Mrs Choudhry said the Haryana had 80 per cent agricultural land and by growing more trees the farmers would be benefitted economically.
She said Choudhry Surender Singh Memorial Zoo at Bhiwani would be expanded and for this the Haryana Public Health Department had already given 3.17 acres of land.
She said to promote eco-tourism many developmental projects, for which funds have been sanctioned by the Central Government, were going on at Kalesar, Morni and Sultanpur Lake.
The Minister urged the officials to work as a team with full devotion to achieve the common goal of increasing the tree cover, conservation of wildlife and forests in the state.