Himachal to review export policy for Khair wood

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Shimla, Feb 29 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Forest Minister J P Nadda today said the policy for exporting Khair wood would be reviewed so that local farmers could be facilitated and interests of the state could be protected.

Mr Nadda while addressing the senior officers of the Forest Department in a meeting held here today, said the decision regarding the rights of ownership on the trees grown on uncultivated land would also be taken after considering all related aspects in consultation with the Revenue Department.

He said the state would also relax the conditions on export of 'Kuth' and would take effective steps for proper management and exploitation of herbal plants.

The Forest Minister said Himachal Pradesh had immense potential in eco-tourism and could generate self-employment avenues for unemployed youth.

He said the State Government had decided to set up Primate Protection Parks and Sterilisation Centres in the state to tackle the problem of monkey menace. The centers would be made operational within six months and a target had been set up for sterilising 5000 monkeys in two years in each centre.

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