Dehradun, November 30
On his official visit to Agartala, the Director General of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, Dr VK Bahuguna, today chaired a high-level meeting of senior forest officials at Aranya Bhavan to review the research and extension priorities of the state.

Dr Bahuguna laid emphasis on taking immediate steps towards exploring new ways to link tribal livelihood with forest-based income generation activities in the state.
While defining the aims and objectives of the newly-established centre under the ICFRE at Gandhigram in Agartala, he also advised the centre to take up new programmes for the promotion of non-timber forest products-based livelihood generation through the development of cultivation techniques. He also said looking into the potential of broom grass and scope of orchids in Tripura, the ICFRE had already sanctioned some extension and research projects on various schemes, including the Direct to Consumer scheme.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tripura, S Talukdar, and other senior officials of the Forest Department sought support from the Centre to achieve its goal of serving the people of Tripura.

Tribune News Service

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