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1,300 forest fires reported in Mizoram in 2020, 1,090 caused due to 'jhum'

Around 1,090 incidents were caused due to slash-and- burn ''jhum'' cultivation and only 210 were due to natural causes, they said

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Mizoram | forest fires | Environment

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

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Champhai district has the lowest forest cover at 78.09 per cent.

Around 1,300 were

reported in last year, officials said.

Around 1,090 incidents were caused due to slash-and- burn 'jhum' cultivation and only 210 were due to natural causes, they said.

Addressing a programme here on Monday during the observance of fire prevention week, Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said a large section of agriculturists in the state still practices 'jhum' cultivation despite interventions by successive governments to introduce settled farming.

In view of this, awareness of fire prevention is of utmost importance, he said.

He lauded organisations like the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and village councils for working with government agencies to prevent the eruption of fires.

Minister T J Lalnuntluanga, while addressing a programme in Champhai, said that an afforestation drive funded by the North East Council will be launched in the district.

As per the India State of Forest Report (ISFR)-2019 released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), has a forest cover of 85.41 per cent, down from 86.26 per cent in 2017.

Champhai district has the lowest forest cover at 78.09 per cent.

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First Published: Tue, February 09 2021. 11:25 IST
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