GANDHINAGAR: Chief minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday inaugurated the 67th State Van Mahotsav at Nanapoda in Valsad district by throwing open mango orchard ‘Amravan’ created by state forest department, amidst light showers in the backdrop of greenery all around. She also opened a village haat built at a cost of Rs.2-crore as local buyers-sellers meeting place.
Speaking at a function, she said trees are not just green canopy but served as an ornament of the Mother Earth – be it in urban areas or rural. There is need to create awareness and everyone should plant, grow and preserve trees as commitment. Trees are known to attract rain-bearing clouds and water retention in the soil. From this year, she said the Van Mahotsav will be launched from four places.
Describing Van Mahotsav as an occasion to create pollution-free atmosphere, she declared the Dangs district as the state’s 100 per cent organic farming district depending on all organic inputs including manures.