Shillong, June 1, 2022(MMP): Meghalaya Forests and Environment Minister, James PK Sangma today launched the symbolic “Seed-Ball Initiative and GIS Based Natural Resources Management Boundary Mapping” at Harding Theological College, Edenbari, near Tura.
Speaking on the occasion Minister of Forests and Environment Department James Sangma, stated that the week-long event is to promote awareness about the issues of the environment and the various interventions that can cope with them. The future of the environment rests in the hands of the youths and students, and hence, the government is encouraging their participation in the seed ball distribution/dispersal at their respective schools, home gardens, forests, etc.
He informed that seed ball broadcasting is a low-cost method of enhancing green cover in the State in a widespread manner. It is an efficient way of seed dispersal, and the rate of germination is as high as 70%, which is comparable to conventional plantation methods. The exercise can be done either by throwing or by using catapults for dispersing from a distance. Furthermore, in inaccessible terrains, drones will be used to disperse the seeds. Sangma added that he is pleased to learn that the Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) has developed these drones in-house and is eager to witness the demonstration of this technology.
Sangma stated that employing the services of the VCFs – from training them to carrying out this survey is very laudable and is part of the government’s initiatives to enhance the skills of the youths of both rural and urban Meghalaya. He added that this can supplement the work of other relevant departments mandated on NRM planning and implementation. Over 400 students and 100 Village NRM Committee members were present to participate in the celebrations at Harding Theological College. During the launching of the initiative, the chief guest also distributed packets of seed balls to the representatives of different schools.