DHEMAJI, March 12: The much hyped afforestation policy formulated by State Forest department, which has been implemented in Poba Reserve Forest under Dhemaji Forest Division (Territorial), is under progress during the last couple of years.
The environment and forest department is taking up plantation scheme under Joint Forest Management (JFM) in degraded portions in Poba Reserve Forest (RF) in Jonai Forest range to protect its greenery and natural ecosystems. Thus, the department has reformed two Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC)s involving the fringe villagers at Abor Leku and Rigbi and allotted them about 60 hectares (30 hectare each) plantation work so far.
Forest department sources said that it has targeted plantation coverage under JF scheme in 150 hectare area within a period of ten years. As such, the department has developed one-hectare nursery at Leku beat office of Poba RF and thereby supplying young seedlings of different species to JFMCs, EDCs, NGOs and school children for plantation activities.
The department also grants sanctioned as Entry Point Activity (EPA) under JFM scheme for construction of road and bridge, community hall and mechanized weaving sets etc to fringe villagers. Thus, Abor Leku village located at Assam-Arunachal boundary has got sanction worth Rs 18 lakh for construction of multipurpose community hall, while another such scheme for Rigbi village awaits sanction.
Meanwhile, the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Rastriya Grameen Vikash Nidhi (RGVN) in collaboration of Environment and Forest department conducted month-long skill development training on Electrical House-wiring and Mechanized Weaving meant for JFMC members and rural entrepreneurs, who have been given certificate after completion of training.
The department is also facilitating ‘Exposure tour’ for the women weavers’ from time to time and educate them to produce quality handicraft through mechanised weaving.