Van Mahotsab week was celebrated at ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur and its campuses at Dharwad and Bhopal during July 1-7, 2017. Van Mahotsab was initiated on July 1, 2017.
As envisaged in the aim of this programme for imparting awareness campaigns about benefits and protection of trees and the harm caused by cutting down of tress, every citizen of India is expected to plant a sapling during Van Mahatsab Week.
The Van Mahotsab at ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur was marked by a function on July, 7, 2017 organized for the purpose of celebrating annual tree-planting movement in India.
Mr. N. Ravindra, IFS, Chief Guest, in his address stressed on that sapling of a tree is like a child which needs care and maintenance. Every person should plant at least two plants so that we can maintain our forest at the requisite proportion of 33% of the land area for our sustenance. He stressed on planting of trees and save our ecosystem for our own sustenance.
In his address, Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, IIPR emphasized the role of Van Mahotsab "the festival of trees" in our day to day life and protection of our own surrounding environment. The mahotsab has gained significant national importance and every year millions of saplings are planted across India. Van Mahotsav week which started by Shri K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Agriculture and Food to create enthusiasm among masses for forest conservation and planting trees way back in 1950, he added. Thus, it is a Mahotsav celebrated as an annual tree-planting movement in India. He reiterated that it is our duty to plant and maintain it so as to protect and preserve our future generations.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)