GOA:In times when indigenous trees and plants are fast disappearing and ayurvedic practitioners are finding it difficult to source medicinal herbs, a government primary school in Kholpewadi, Sal, has taken it upon itself to grow saplings of 46 varieties of herbs and trees.
Speaker Rajesh Patnekar, who was present for the plantation drive lauded the school’s efforts in undertaking the annual Van Mahotsav in such a unique and well-planned manner. “Such initiatives will not only provide cool shade but also flowers, fruits and medicinal herbs to the school and people residing in the vicinity,” he said.
“I was inspired by an article by professor Madhukar Bachulkar, who is a doctorate in Botany. The initiative was undertaken with the support of students, teachers and the Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade. At the Ambeshi-Pali Primary School I have successfully nurtured a garden of medicinal plants and herbs,” Naik told.
Headmaster Dhaktu Patil said that the saplings were provided by the forest department.
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