Invasive Senna plants: Kerala forest dept takes a 'dearly' reroute after late realisation

Senna plants

Sultan Bathery: The Kerala Forest Department has beefed up the measures to arrest the reckless growth of the invasive plant Senna as it poses threat to forest cover.

It may be noted that this foreign plant was cultivated across the forests in the state in the 1980s as part of beautification.

The Social Forestry Department spent money on it and spearheaded the cultivation then.

But scientific studies and ground realities in the later stage revealed that these plants are dampening the natural ecosystem of the forest.

Now the government in its first phase has allocated Rs 2.27 crore for the removal of these plants.

Reports said 30 percent of vegetation in the Wayanad forest is affected by the Senna invasion.

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