“Assam govt ready to change policy to promote Agro-Forestry”: Forest Dept.

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Forest minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stressed on preparing a proper roadmap for promotion of agro forestry in Assam.
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Guwahati: Assam government ‘s forest department asked representatives from industrial sector to come up with agro-forestry based plans so that forest fringe communities and farmers can also be benefitted.

State’s forest minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Friday assured that the government will make necessary policy changes wherever needed to ensure benefit of all the stakeholders.

 A stakeholders’ consultation for Agro forestry promotion in Assam was held at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati on Friday with the objective to understand the needs and challenges in the promotion of agro forestry in Assam and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the sector.

Patowary stressed on preparing a proper roadmap for promotion of agro forestry in Assam.

He also urged The minister asked the forest department to do research work in coordination with Assam Agricultural University to address issues like ecological imbalance, climate change etc. as well as to resolve human- animal conflict in the state.

The additional chief secretary, Environment and Forest department, Ravi Shankar Prasad added that the government has prioritized agro forestry as one of the key activities in the state and hoped that the workshop would be able to draw some kind of roadmap to meet the challenges and issues in this sector.  

The one day consultation workshop was organized by the Assam Agroforestry Development Board in collaboration with the Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC).  APFBC, is a statewide conservation initiative between the state government and ‘Agence Française de Développement’ (AFD), focuses on promoting alternative livelihoods through initiatives such as ‘Agroforestry’.

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