Friday, December 21, 2007
Van Mahotsav - Tree Festival
Van Mahotsav got started in the year 1950 in India to create an enthusiasm in the mind of the people for the conservation of forests and planting of trees and it was also hoped that it would create tree consciousness among the people.
Van Mahotsav, a week long festival of tree planting is organised every year in the month of July for a whole week all across India and millions of trees are planted.
The main purpose for planting the trees during Van Mahotsav was to:
Provide fuel and thus release cow dung for use as manure.
Increase production of fruits and add to the potential food resources of the country.
Help creation of shelter-belts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity.
Provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests.
Provide shade and ornamental trees for the landscape.
Provide small poles and timber for agricultural implements, house construction and fencing.
Help conservation of soil and further deterioration of soil fertility.
Inculcate tree consciousness and love of trees amongst the people.
Popularize the planting and tending of trees in farms, villages, municipal and public lands for their aesthetic, economic and protective needs.