PASIGHAT, Aug 22: Arunachal Charity Society, an NGO with its head office at Pasighat in East Siang district is taking up a special plantation drive to boost green cover of the hill state, which the organiser believes to be an effective mechanism for reducing global warming.
The NGO’s chairman Jobang Modi has a dream to make the state evergreen by plantation of Chionanthus tree at roadsides, educational institution, government office premises and human habitations. He has selected three varieties of the evergreen species, which is found in natural vegetation of the state for plantation. He has pledged to start a ‘Green Revolution’ in the hill state for protection of the mother earth.
Modi has made official communication with State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) scientists in Itanagar regarding systematic study of the plant and accordingly got some information on efficacy of the plant species. As such, the evergreen species (Chionanthus ramiflorus) belongs to Oieacea family and locally known as Kitir-Mimir (Adi) releases sufficient oxygen to the air through photosynthesis.
Moreover, it provides comfortable shelter to many birds and insects and its fruit is favourite food for them. Besides ecological role, the species is easily survives on sandy, rocky and muddy soil and it has much land grabbing capacity.
Modi’s NGO has got due permission from East Siang district administration for taking up massive plantation of Chionanthus at roadsides, riverbanks, official campuses and other public places of the district. He has developed a mini nursery at Ayeng (Mebo) village for production of Chionanthus sapling for large scale plantation.
Reputedly, another Pasighat based NGO namely ‘Bonny Green Revolution’ led by Jobang Modi’s wife, Omeng Apum Modi is actively associated with their environmental conservation activities.