KISHTWAR, APRIL 16 (KNS): Dr Mohit Gera, Chief Conservator of IFS Forests & HoFF J&K accompanied by Dr Jatinder Kumar Singh, Conservator of IFS Forests, Chenab Circle, Doda, who are on a 4-day tour in Chenab Valley, addressed a workshop organized at Forest Complex Kishtwar on “NTPF as Alternative Livelihood”.
The event was chaired by Prof. Chief Conservator of Forests and (HoFF) J&K attended by various members of BMC, PRI, farmers, collectors and other stakeholders from different regions like Marwah, Dachhan, Paddar, Bunjwah and people from Kishtwar.
Additionally, the Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar Ashok Kumar Sharma, S. Pranab Misra, Brig. 9 RR, S. Senthil Kumar, IFS Chief Conservator of Forests/Nodal Officer, FCA, Dr. Nadeem Hussain, IFS Conservator of Forests, Central, Param Shivam, Commander CRPF, District Agriculture Officer, Chief Horticulture Officer, Prof. Faisal Mushtaq and representative of NRLM were also present.
Booths from the Forest Department showing various species of MFPs, with their uses and booths from the departments of horticulture, agriculture, ayush and wildlife were also set up.
Various stakeholders/farmers shared their experiences on growing and using PMFs, including Guchhies as an alternative source of income/livelihood. Sewa Ram & Ishar Chand, shared their experience on the availability of MFPs in the region, their local use and the cultivation technique of MFPs. DFO Marwah, Vijay Kumar spoke in detail about MFP as an alternative livelihood.
The Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, suggested reviving the sustainable use of MFPs that grow exclusively in the district.
Brig. 9 RR and Commandant also shared their experiences and suggested some valuable points on MFP.
The Director General of Agriculture and the Director General of Horticulture also spoke on this occasion.
Guest of honor Dr. Mohit Gera, IFS Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K and (HoFF) and Chairman of the J&K Biodiversity Council, in his closing remarks, informed that according to the latest satellite report from December 2021, the J&K represents the maximum woody biomass and carbon stock per unit area in the country. He also said that the Forestry Department in association with other sister departments had planted 137 lakhs of plants in 2021-22 in addition to 96 lakhs of low cost planting methods and assured that the planting target would be higher next year. He also appreciated the role of the army and the CAPF in the contribution of two plantations.
On collection of MFPs, Prof. Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K and (HoFF) informed that a suitable mechanism is being developed with the involvement of Village Panchayats, Biodiversity Management Committees , whereby the PMF will be collected by the inhabitants for its sustainable use. This will help create livelihood opportunities for a significant number of people and tribal communities. He also highlighted the role of the tribal affairs department and the government’s livelihood mission.
Dr. Jatinder Kumar Singh, IFS Conservator of Forests, Chenab Circle, Doda sharing a vote of thanks to all VIPs and participants expressed their pleasure for the successful organization of the workshop. (KNS)