Chennai, Dec 28 (BPNS)
The Thanjavur district administration of Tamil Nadu in a bid to protect the shorelines and to increase the presence of crabs and prawns and other marine wealth ,is to plant 13000 mangroves in a period of one week.
The project will be executed with the support of the District Forest department and 13000 mangroves would be planted in coastal areas of the district. The district administration and the forest department is also planning to raise 1 lakh mangrove saplings to be planted in the district in due course of time and NABARD will be supporting the project.
It may be noted that the mangroves were instrumental in protecting the shorelines during Cyclone Gaja in 2018.
The District Green committee with the district collector as the Chairperson and District Forest Officer as the secretary is behind the mangrove plantation drive in the district.
It may be noted that mangroves play a major role as feeding and breeding areas for a large variety of marine life including shrimps, and crabs, and also helps protect the shorelines.
The District Forest Officer, Akhil Thampi while speaking to media persons said that the aim is to plant 13000 saplings in 14 coastal areas of the district. The Rotary Club of Manora, the Red Cross, the Clean Thanjavur Movement and the Kadaimadi Area Integrated Farmers Association (KAIFA) are spearheading the mangrove plantation drive.
The forest officer also said that mangroves are important to restore climate change mitigation and helping fix atmospheric carbon into the earth.
A senior officer of the Thanjavur district administration while speaking to BPNS said, “ The mangroves were instrumental in protecting the shorelines during Cyclone Gaja in 2018 and we want to increase the mangrove wealth in the district so that it will be helpful to prevent Cyclonic storms if any.