Tree Plantation Project By MUKTI at Raidighi, Sunderban across 3.5 Acre of Land

Tree Plantation by MUKTI

MUKTI has always had a dream to create a Botanical Garden at Sunderban, so that the local school students could get the opportunity to learn & study a wide variety of plants. This dream was finally initiated this year, when a tree plantation project was undertaken from 11th to 13th JULY 2015 by MUKTI’s Go Green team in Raidighi, Sunderban. During these three days, three separate plantation activities were undertaken:

(1) 3.5 acres of land were planted with 2500 plants that included more than 100 varieties of tropical fruits, flowers, and palms. The Go Green Team achieved this with the help of volunteers from the SAM project, Coaching Centre project, and local schools.

(2) Beautification of two ponds was initiated by introducing thousands of water Lily and Joba plants of more than five different varieties. 

(3) An Ayurveda garden was planted with a wide range of medicinal herbs. This is intended to address the great challenge of healthcare in the Sunderbans.

100% organic fertilizers were used in all these activities to complement SAM’s mission of encouraging organic farming.

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NaRKEL (Coconut) Project in South 24 Parganas of Sunderban

Coconut, well known as Tree of Heavens, is fully exploited for manifold purposes in traditionally coconut growing countries like India. The fact that the importance of coconut is very well understood all over the country, could well be judged by the exalted position it occupies in its use in worship or in other auspicious functions.

The current emphasis is towards protecting the environment from various industrial wastes, to exploit the potential of by product utilization and recycling, to use coconut products and by products in protecting the nature etc. On exploring this possibility, admirable results can be obtained. 

The Sundarban Delta is always known as cyclone prone area. To create an improved eco-system in the region of Sundarban Delta, Mukti has been taking up the Coconut plantation programme. This effort is not only help improve the economical condition of the poor rural families significantly but also protect their lives and livelihood from the frequent cyclone /Aila sort of disaster. 

Mukti is attempting to spread over this coconut planting programme under the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in many other Blocks of South 24 Paraganas in collaboration with the West Bengal Government. 

Mukti started coconut planting programme in the year 2008. Mukti in 2010 planted 234 coconut trees on the bank of the river and by the side of the existing brick road of the village. The trees grow in the nature as usual. Mukti distributed another 450 coconut plants through Panchayet with the involvement of Block Development officer, Mathurapur-II, Block, 24 Parganas South. The concept of this coconut programme is to maintain by the communities and people will be the owner of the project. Each plant will give Rs. 1,000 guaranteed income per year without any recurring expenditure. It will resist erosion of embankment of rivers and in directly the houses and property including live stocks of the villagers will be saved.