With a view to promote crop diversification, the Punjab government has decided to distribute eucalyptus plants free of cost in the state.
Stating this on Sunday, forest and wildlife minister Chunni Lal Bhagat said this scheme would be implemented in all districts. He appealed to farmers to send requisition for eucalyptus plants to the divisional forest officer or forest range officer concerned. He said farmers would be given training for planting colonial eucalyptus plants.
Bhagat stated that as per horticulture experts, colonial eucalyptus plants could be cultivated in every kind of terrain and soil and the conditions in Punjab were agreeable for its plantation. He said colonial eucalyptus gave yield three times more than the traditional eucalyptus plant prepared from seeds.
He instructed officials to sensitise farmers to adopt agro-forestry as trees grew at a faster pace without any extra effort and expenditure and provided substantial earnings for farmers. He advised that agro forestry was beneficial for farmers as well as the environment.