During his 'Mann Ki Baat' talk, the Prime Minister highlighted the initiative to plant palmyra seeds on the islands of the Gulf of Mannar, a fragile ecosystem which is on the verge of erosion
An ecologically fragile, but a pivotal location in a State; a tree that stands tall, deep-rooted, and spread across the region, with the power to pull through the odds.
Sources said more than 1,45,245 women attached to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act programme collected 17,71,840 seeds, weighing 3,26,335 kilogrammes for the drive.
Additional Collector (Development) and Project Director of District Rural Development Authority KJ Praveenkumar said the campaign’s aim was to spread public awareness.
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“Palmyra is our State tree and is part of the life of Tamil people, language and wealth. These trees act as rain fetching centres and conservator of water bodies.
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They sell one piece of palmyra fruit for Rs 3. Many cars that pass by the highway stop there to buy fruits from them.