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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
20-December-2011 16:01 IST
Promotion of Fruit Bearing Plantation in Forests
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is implementing National Afforestation Programme (NAP) Scheme for regeneration of degraded forests and adjoining areas in the country. The scheme is implemented through a decentralized mechanism of State Forest Development Agency (SFDA) at State level, Forest Development Agency (FDA) at Forest Division level and Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) at village level.

The plantation species is selected by the members of JFM Committees on the basis of their needs, ecological conditions and other local factors in consultation with the Forest Department. The native forest species are encouraged for plantation in the forest areas giving importance to trees with multiple uses including fruit bearing trees. Ministry of Environment and Forests does not have any specific direction for percentage of fruit bearing trees to be planted as it is decided by the JFM Committees considering local conditions and the micro plan of the area.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by . Ms. Mabel Rebello in Rajya Sabha today.