Forest division of Chhota Udepur has commenced a new program that will result in less utilization of plastic items and also utilized scraps accumulated from the city.
The forest division depends upon bags made of thin plastic material with lesser microns for breeding of plants from seeds.
In recent times, they have got rid of these bags made of thin plastic material to diminish its utilization and resorted to coconut shells as an alternative.
The thought of making use of coconut shells in place of bags made of thin plastic material was first anticipated by the district collector of Chhota Udepur.
Chhota Udepur district collector Sujal Mayatra said, “Nursery is not our core job, but during our cleanliness drive, there was accumulation of many coconut shells, therefore I proposed the idea to rear the plants.”
“As the coconut shells will be used for saplings, waste management will also be easy and it will also help in our goal of making Chhota Udepur a plastic-free district,” Sujal added.
During the early stage, the social forestry division of the section has made 1,500 plantlets of basil, sevan and nilgiri among others using the coverings of coconut.
S K Puwar, deputy conservator of forest, Chhota Udepur stated, “The shells have been chopped from the bottom so that when the saplings are planted in the ground along with the shells, there is enough room for roots to grow.”
“Since coconut shells are biodegradable, the plants will also not be affected. In fact, on degradation, these shells will act as nutrients,” S K Puwar added.
The young trees will get circulated amongst the city dwellers in ‘Van Mahotsav’ programme that will take place by the coming month.
S K Puwar added that they plan to rear additional plants of varied species in the similar manner with the intention that consumption of plastic gets reduced.
Sujal Mayatra stated, “Nurturing the nursery is not our core job, but during our cleanliness drive, there was [an] accumulation of many coconut shells; therefore I proposed the idea to rear the plants. As the coconut shells will be used for saplings, waste management will also be easy, and it will also help in our goal of making Chhota Udepur a plastic-free district.”