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Widespread rubber plantation harmful for Tripura’s diversity: Pollution Board chair

The Tripura State Pollution Control Board Chairman expressed this concern while addressing a seminar in the Prakriti Bhavan in Agartala

Chairman of Tripura State Pollution Control Board Dr B K Agarwal expressed his concern over the increasing trend of large scale rubber plantation in Tripura and cautioned that any type of monoculture is not desirable for preserving the biodiversity.

The Tripura State Pollution Control Board Chairman expressed this concern while addressing a seminar in the Prakriti Bhavan in Agartala on Sunday during celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity 2022.

The program jointly organised by the Tripura Biodiversity Board and Tripura JICA Project was inaugurated by Chief Secretary Kumar Alok.

Besides a seminar, an art competition among children was also held for creating awareness about the importance of preserving biodiversity and later prizes were distributed among the winners.

During his speech, Chairman of Tripura State Pollution Control Board Dr B K Agarwal cited the example of Borneo and other oil producing island nations where the biodiversity has been badly affected due to the monoculture of palm oil cultivation.

He said that Borneo which once had rare animals like orangutan, clouded leopards and pygmy elephants took millions of years to evolve.

But, in just last 40 to 50 years one third of Borneo has been deforested because of human pressure for palm oil cultivation which is a cash crop like that of rubber in Tripura.

Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Secretary Kumar Alok while talking exclusively to Northeast Live stressed on the need to preserve biodiversity. The Tripura Chief Secretary further said that human beings cannot survive until biodiversity is protected, preserved and promoted. He added that the state is very rich in biodiversity and there is need to educate our people more.

First Published: 23rd May, 2022 14:34 IST

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