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LAC Project (An innovative approach to lac cultivation)

The Corporation was on the look out for exploring some other possibilities for alternate minor forest produce along with the existing ones. During such endeavour, it came to the notice of the Corporation that Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), Ranchi has been successful in cultivation of lac in a short height plant namely “Flemingia Semialata” instead of traditional Lac host plants like Kusum, Palash, Kul etc. which are on the decrease due to deforestation. It has been tested and proved by IINRG that such farming commands a potential and fast growing global market with a bright prospect. Convinced of the potential of lac cultivation, the Corporation has undertaken during the current crop year a research and development initiative at Gopiballavpur-1 block of Paschim Medinipur district. The initiative has been launched on a research basis on a stretch of 25 acres of fallow land out of adjoining 500 acres of barren land which may subsequently be covered.

 


(Nursery making)

(Planting of saplings)


 

The focal point being employment generation, a couple of supportive projects will also be added. Depending upon the outcome of the pilot project so launched it will be replicated to other districts like Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia where vast stretches of fallow lands belonging to the tribal people are available for the said purpose.

Total Tribal
Population
5296953 (2011)
Outlay out of total
state budget
--
Tribal
Districts
19
Scheduled
Tribes
40
Primitive
Tribes
3
Literacy
Rate
--
Regional
Offices
8
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