Forest users drip river water from bottle to irrigate plants

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Dhankuta
Forest users drip river water from bottle to irrigate plants

Jan 2, 2015-

At a time when encroachment of forest land including deforestation is rampant in the district, the members of Bishranti Temple Religious Forest Management Committee (BTRFMC) in Mulghat have come up with an innovative idea to water the plants in the conserved forest area.

They have started using mineral water bottles with little holes poked on them to supply the needed water to the trees and plants very much like an IV drip. Furthermore, owing to the lack of enough water sources in the vicinity, the members of the forest management committee have been bringing the water from the Tamor river, which is located three kilometres away.

According to Janardan Ghimire, secretary of the BTRFMC, they had come up with this unique idea as there was no alternative way of irrigating the plants in the area reeling under continued dry spell. Committed to the cause of conserving the forest at any cost, Ghimire along with other members of the forest management committee do not even hesitate picking up used mineral water bottles when they see one lying around. The innovative idea has also helped keep the area clean as used mineral water bottles can no longer be found near hotels, roads and picnic spots as they have all been picked up and put to use. They have hung up to two litres of water bottles over about 2,500 trees and plants in the dry forest. Plants such as Red sandalwood, Indian cassia, and Rudraksha, which bear medicinal and religious significance, were planted in August and September this year in the dry patch of the forest spanning over six ropanis of dry land.

While the idea has gained popularity in the region, the District Forest Office, has proposed to use the same idea in other community forests in the district grappling with the same problem.

Published: 03-01-2015 08:32

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