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Forest department urged to focus on 15 new researches in Uttarakhand

A number of researches being conducted by the Forestry Training Institute (FTI) in Haldwani are either irrelevant or redundant and should be scrapped as it is a waste of resources

dehradun Updated: Feb 19, 2017 20:29 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Uttarkhand
A pine forest in Uttarakhand. (HT File Photo.)

A number of researches being conducted by the Forestry Training Institute (FTI) in Haldwani are either irrelevant or redundant and should be scrapped as it is a waste of resources, an official said.

The FTI conducts researches on different spices of plants for commercial use, are monitored for years, and has a research advisory council, which is headed by the state principal chief conservator of forest, holds a meeting every year to decide on the research to be conducted, but the meeting has not taken place for the past two years, said Sanjeev Chaturvedi, conservator at the institute.

Chaturvedi has urged the state forest department to hold the meeting in April to discuss the different aspects of research and scrap the ones that are irrelevant.

After taking charge of the FTI in December 2016, he found that more than 15 researches are irrelevant and have become redundant and should be scrapped, he said.

“We have identified 15 new tree plantation methods and techniques that need to be given impetus and included in the new research”, he said.

Citing an example, Chaturvedi said the growth of bamboo in different terrains and altitudes is studied to know about its commercial and social applications. In the same way they study the sal tree for its girth, growth, insects and diseases.

The eucalyptus tree is also studied in the research.

Most researches have been carried out for a long time and have no relevance in the present system and need to be replaced with newer ones and projects that are more relevant, he said.

There is a need of introduce Kala Sheesham tree, which is known as a good fodder.

“We hope that new researches and projects will help in providing better fodder, livelihood opportunities to the people in Uttarakhand and irrelevant projects be scrapped as it is a waste of resources,” he said.