Seabuckthorn Plantations In Himachal Pradesh
The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to start planting seabuckthorn in the cold desert areas of the state.
The union ministry of environment, forest and climate change asked these states to submit proposals for taking up such plantations, especially in the light of reduced water flow from Himalayan glaciers and its impact on ecology.
The seabuckthorn will be planted on 250 hectares in the state over the next five years.
- It’s a shrub which produces an orange-yellow coloured edible berry. In India, it is found above the tree line in the Himalayan region, generally in dry areas such as the cold deserts of Ladakh and Spiti.
- In Himachal Pradesh, it is locally called chharma and grows in the wild in Lahaul and Spiti and parts of Kinnaur.
- According to the Seabuckthorn Association of India, around 15,000 hectares in Himachal, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are covered by this plant.
- It has been widely used for treating stomach, heart and skin problems.
- Its fruit and leaves are rich in vitamins, carotenoids and omega fatty acids, among other substances, and it can help troops in acclimatising to high-altitude
- It is a soil-binding plant which prevents soil-erosion, checks siltation in rivers and helps preserve floral biodiversity.
- Seabuckthorn also has commercial value, as it is used in making juices, jams, nutritional capsules etc
Source : Indian Express