Thanjavur: With a view to increase the forest cover, one lakh palmyrah seeds will be sown in Kumbakonam revenue division, said Mr. M. Pradeep Kumar, sub-collector, Kumbakonam, on Tuesday.
Speaking at an exhibition of 110 trees organised by 'Thanjavur district Desiya Pasumai Padai' and "vanam", a voluntary organisation under the title "Namma Marangal Thiruvizha", (our trees festival) at Little Flower higher secondary school, he said that forest cover in India once was 33.3 per cent. It has now come down to nine per cent. In Thanjavur district, forest cover is 12 per cent. The plan is to increase the forest cover in the district to 25 per cent in ten years. Last year 2.19 lakh seedlings were planted through seed balls in Kumbakonam division. "This year in the first week of August, one lakh palmyrah seeds will be sown" Pradeep Kumar said.
Trees and seeds were displayed in the exhibition. School children and people witnessed the exhibition. Nadarajan, trustee of NGO 'Vaanam', A. Pappammal, DEO, Kumbakonam, P.Rajendran, head master of the school, P. Ram Manohar, coordinator of 'Pasumai Padai', O.P. Ramasubramanian from Auroville were present on the occasion.