SKUAST Debates Utility Of Poplar Cultivation


SRINAGAR — The faculty of Forestry and Directorate of Extension, SKUAST Shalimar Saturday con­ducted a brainstorming session on the utility of Popular Cultiva­tion in Kashmir.

Justice (Retd.) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani was the chief guest at the session, ‘Popular Cultivation in Kashmir: A Boon or Menace.’

Experts from diverse fields in­cluding scientists from social for­estry, soil conservation, wildlife, timber industry, medical experts, lawyers, economists, civil society and farmers were attended the session. While addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST- Kashmir, Prof Nazeer Ahmad said that the poplar tree has become a target of media trial and unnecessary public out­rage. He expressed his apprehen­sion that cutting of poplar trees would affect the environment of the State as the poplar trees form about half of the tree cover in Kashmir. Elaborating the eco­nomic aspect of the poplar trees, he said that it sustains six hun­dred crore timber and furniture industry and provides employ­ment to thousands of people.

Expressing similar views, Jus­tice (Retd) BA Kirmani said that the poplar trees cannot be a menace as it forms the basis of a profitable business, particularly in rural areas. He questioned the veracity of the idea of cut­ting all female poplar trees to tackle pollen allergy and asked about the ill effect it would have on male poplar trees. He stressed upon the fact that ex­pert recommendations need to be formulated and the same must be placed before the Hon­orable High Court so that the important tree could be saved.

On the occasion, two research papers, Technical Bulletin On Cultivation Of Poplars, By Dr Ashraf Mir and Present Sce­nario Of Trees Outside Forests In District Ganderbal Of J&K by Dr Akhlaq Amin Wani were pre­sented.

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