Japan aiding 11 forest project in India (Lead)June 22nd, 2011 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS
Gandhigram (Tripura), June 22 (IANS) Japan is financially supporting forest and environmental projects in 11 Indian states, a Japanese official said here Wednesday.
“The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 1990 has been supporting 11 Indian states for protection and development of forests and environment,” said S. Tsuji, consultant for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
The 11 Indian states getting financial assistance from JICA are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Orissa, Haryana, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.
Tsuji was addressing a function where Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the headquarters of a Tripura-JICA project at western Tripura’s Gandhigram, 25 km north of here.
At the function, Sarkar said: “A couple of years ago destruction of forests in the interior areas of the northeastern state was virtually a common feature. But with the mass awareness and effective forest management, forest cover of the state now stands at 70 percent of the total geographical area.”
According to Tripura Forest Minister Jitendra Chowdhury, the project started in 2007-08 would be completed in 2014-15 fiscal.
JICA, the Japanese government run financial institution, has been funding this major ecological conservation project in Tripura with a Rs.460 crore soft loan at simple interest. The eight-year long project aims at upgrading the degraded forest land into an ecologically and commercially productive forest. This will also help in improving the quality of life of locals, especially in tribal-dominated areas.
The tribal people in the hilly terrain of Tripura and other northeastern states have for generations been carrying out the traditional slash-and-burn method of cultivation, which has resulted in degradation of forest land and badly affected the condition of soil.
Some 55,049 tribal families in Tripura are involved in this primitive form of cultivation, locally called “jhum cultivation”, covering a forest area of about 40,000 hectares.
— Indo-Asian News Service
- Japan's aid to India's environment - Jun 22, 2011
- German aid for Tripura to empower tribals, protect forest - Jun 12, 2009
- Mizoram farming plan can be a model: official - Nov 02, 2011
- Mizoram allocates Rs.410 crore to end 'jhum cultivation' - Jul 17, 2012
- Japan to continue supporting forestry projects in India - Dec 02, 2011
- Mizoram to implement new land use policy - Mar 17, 2010
- Mizoram project to be trade gateway to southeast Asia - Aug 15, 2012
- Mizoram launches new policy, shifts to permanent farming - Jan 15, 2011
- New Green Revolution by cultivating improved crops: Pawar - May 01, 2011
- 'Jhum' fire claims two more lives in Mizoram - Mar 12, 2010
- NLFT guerrillas abduct five Tripura farmers - Sep 01, 2010
- 100,000 community foresters to help green India - Oct 18, 2011
- Bru repatriation from Mizoram to Tripura picking up speed - Dec 01, 2010
- Government initiative allows rubber industry to flourish in Tripura - Dec 21, 2009
- India's second rubber park comes up in Tripura - Jan 27, 2012
Tags: conservation project, degraded forest land, destruction of forests, ecological conservation, forest minister, forest project, hilly terrain, indian states, interior areas, international cooperation agency, japan bank for international cooperation, japan international cooperation agency, japanese official, jica, jitendra, northeastern state, productive forest, project aims, soft loan, west bengal