Ambala, Feb 28 (UNI) A Rs 230 crore project, funded by Japan Bank of International Cooperation, is being implemented for afforestation and poverty alleviation in 800 villages of Haryana.
This was stated by Forests and Tourism Minister Kiran Chaudhary while talking to media persons at Ambala.
She said a grant of Rs six crore was also being given to Haryana for the development of eco-tourism in the state. Under this project, eco-tourism centres were being developed in Kalesar, Morni Hills and Sultanpur.
As many as 20 schools in each centre would be adopted to promote eco-tourism. Also, 3000 eco-clubs would be constituted by involving the children of these schools to make the campaign for making Haryana a pollution free and green state a big success.
She said during the last two years forests cover in Haryana has been increased from 6.2 percent to 7.4 per cent as per India's survey report.
Ms Chaudhry stressed on the importance of herbals by which the medicines were being developed and also being made patent.
She gave a clarion call to save the environment being polluted at a large scale by taking a decision not to use polythene.
She said polythene emitted poisonous gases while burning and was fatal if eaten by animals.
She said that 1700 self help groups of women were working in Haryana and the state government was committed to empower them so as to enable them to earn their livelihood by taking up ventures like paper making, preparing compost, sewing of clothes and soap and detergent manufacturing and raising nurseries to sell plants for additional income.
She said the Forest Corporation of Haryana would impart training to the farmers to adopt agro-forestry for earning more by planting saplings along with agricultural farming.
Later, she inaugurated the Herd Herbal Park developed at a cost of Rs one crore over an area of 37 acres at Ambala and also addressed a public meeting at a place near Herbal Park.
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