VK Bahuguna announces operation of forestry research centre in Tripura
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Nov 30, 2012 : VK Bahuguna, Director General of the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, on Friday officially announced the operation of ‘Centre for Forestry Extension, Research and Eco-Tourism at Agartala. The centre is functioning in the state since June 08, 2012 after Government of Tripura approved a Memorandum-of-Understanding between Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, state Forest department and the Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation (TFDPC). CFERE was envisaged with a mission to provide aid in the process of facilitating economic empowerment of rural masses through financial, technical and logistic help to beneficiaries who got land plots under the Forest Rights Act. Speaking to reporters at Agartala this afternoon, Bahuguna expressed strong hopes that the centre would provide serious contributions in developing the bottomline of forest-based economy of the state.
CFERE was initially started with the mandates of working on ecological assessment of commercial plantations, bamboo preservation and value addition for development, survey, documentation and conservation of medicinal plants, training for capacity building and on-farm participatory research etc. The centre is also working on exploring avenues to enable the state Forest Department and the TFDPC to create bamboo nursery, collect germplasm and develop cultivation techniques. “CFERE aims at providing sustainable livelihood alternatives through transfer of NRM technologies to the forest fringe villages, supporting forest and bio-diversity conservation through eco-tourism by adopting community approaches, creating opportunities for instant and effective extension of promising packages of on-farm cultivation practices etc”, Bahuguna said. “It is a matter of great pleasure for ICFRE to open a Centre for Forestry Extension, Research & Ecotourism (CFERE) at Agartala in Tripura. The Centre is an outcome of sincere efforts of ICFRE and the State Forest Department, Govt. of Tripura towards setting up a appropriate plate form for execution of collaborative approaches in regard to extend the ‘ICFRE Mission’ in NE Region in an effective manner”, he added.