Chief Secy inaugurates Agri-Horti Herbal Track/Herbal Walk at Sippighat

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PORT BLAIR, JAN 23: An Agri- Horti Herbal Track/ Herbal Walk at Organic Horticulture Farm (OHF), Sippighat established by the Department of Agriculture has been inaugurated by the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Anindo Majumdar yesterday. This Agri- Horti Herbal Track/ Herbal Walk has been  developed for trekking around the spices and horticulture garden for the tourists, local people, students, farmers so that they can have a closer view and admire different tropical spices, fruits, flowers, medicinal plants etc. grown in the farm.

        Anindo Majumdar, Chief Secretary, Udit Prakash Rai, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District,  Ramesh Verma, Secretary (Agri.), A.K.Das, Director of Agriculture and other officers from Department of Agriculture trekked around the Agri- Horti Herbal Track and also experienced the taste of organic herbal tea served by the self help group ‘Sangarsh’.

        Later, the Chief Secretary formally inaugurated  an outlet of the Department at the farm gate ‘Naturals’- A shop for you” developed for sale of farm fresh fruits, spices, coconut, virgin coconut oil, squash, jam, jelly, ball copra, squash etc.

        After visiting the OHF, Sippighat Farm, the Chief Secretary and team proceeded to Chouldari Village for reviewing the activities carried out by the Agriculture Department at Flat Bay Plantations. On reaching Chouldhri Village, a warm welcome was accorded by Gadhodhar Mazumdar, Up Adhayaksh, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman,  Mohan Halder, Pradhan  Chouldhari Gram Panchayat and PRI members. The Director of Agriculture briefed the Chief Secretary that the Flat Bay Plantations covered an area of 14.08 Ha which consisted of 4 islands and the plantation was established to demonstrate to the farmers on the added advantage of generating farm income by promoting Rural/Spice Tourism. Initially land development work, soil & water conservation measures and at appropriate viewpoints eco-huts & tree top hut work was undertaken by the department.

        The Secretary (Agri.) informed the Chief Secretary that this farm could be used as model for developing Agri- Tourism in these Islands. In this regard, the Chief Secretary   instructed to involve all the stake holders namely Forest, Tourism, APWD Department & local PRIs for expanding Agri- Tourism activities in plantation and to formulate policy.

        The visit concluded after the Chief Secretary & team was taken around within the Flat Bay Island No. 2 & 3 through the Mangrove walk way, Eco Hut , tree top Hut and temporary berthing point of  motorized dinghi.