Shimla (Jan 16) Himachal Pradesh Government is now advising the monkey menace affected farmers to opt for Aloe Vera cultivation as it is immune to monkey menace and to encourage it state government is supplying ample bulbs(sprouts) to farmer, official said today.
In statement issued here today, a Government spokesman said that since Aloe Vera is not edible among the monkeys and apes therefore they should opted for cultivation.
With the active involvement of Forest Development Agencies (FDAs) the forest personnel of Rajgarh Forest Division have been successful in convincing the public to cultivate the medicinal plants, he added.
He said that its cultivation is all ready being propagated by the front line staff of Rajgarh Forest Division to convince the people to try and shift to cultivation of Aloe Vera in the monkey infested areas.
The official claimed that after switching over to Aloe Vera some farmers in Naina Tikker and Bagthan areas under Narag and Sarahan forest ranges of Rajgarh Division have got upbeat about its farming.
He further claimed that persuasion of the local people has started bearing results and now people are carrying out this trial with zeal.
He said that government efforts have started yielding result as approximately 20 quintal of leaves for making Aloe Vera pulp or juice is ready with the department and process for its marketing to ‘Patanjali Yogpitha is being done.
Under ‘Jan- Jan Sanjeevani Abhiyan’ scheme, launched two years back provided more than 15 lakh medicinal plants to all the rural and urban households of Himachal Pradesh through 5000 distribution points.
At present, there are about 18000 Aloe Vera plants in Forest Nurseries of Rajgarh and Sarahan Forest Ranges which are ready to be distributed to the Joint Forest Management Societies (JFMSs) and public under plantation schemes of “Sanjha Van Sanjeevani Van” and “Apna Van Apna Dhan” for plantation in common and private lands.
The official said that if trial of Aloe Vera cultivation succeeds in areas prone to monkey menace, it would be replicated in other similar areas of the State.
This novel initiative will not only bring larger areas under green cover and medicinal plants but at the same time open up an effective means of livelihood to the rural people reeling under problems of shrinking land holdings and monkey menace.