Making Odisha green again -planting fruit trees to help small farmers


Work never stops for an organization committed to planting trees.




Work never stops for an organisation committed to planting trees. When Cyclone Fani hit the coastal state of Odisha on May 3, it left behind it not only flattened rooftops and homes, but also a devastated green cover. According to estimates, the cyclone claimed 2.29 million trees. After all, the rehabilitation process can’t be complete without the trees. With the help of global non-profit organisation One Tree Planted, Sustainable Green Initiative started its first phase of restoring the state’s green cover with 2,00,000 fruit trees. 



The project was flagged off on August 4 at Durgadashpur Gram Panchayat in Pipili Block, in the presence of dignitaries such as Honourable Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly Shri Surya Narayan Patro, Pipili MLA Shri Pradeep Maharathy, Climate Reality Project India Country Manager, Mr Aditya Pundir, CII Odisha Chairman Shri Pradeepta Mohanty. Shri B S Subba Rao, Dean, Management Studies, Sri Sri University and Mr Prafulla Kumar Dhal, CSR Head of JK Paper Mills.


  

The 200,000 fruit tree saplings are being planted by small and marginal farmers in the villages of Puri district. Trees that are sturdy and can face harsh winds were chosen, such as mango, guava, lemon, jackfruit, java plum, Indian gooseberry and pomegranate. Moringa deserves a special mention since it is a fast-growing tree and a much-eaten high nutrition food that grows extremely well in these parts. Committed to not using any chemical pesticides and fertilisers, a twenty-member Team SGI will handhold the farmers in taking care of the saplings to ensure maximum survival rate. Mycorrhiza was used before planting to help fast and strong rooting.






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