Agartala: Tripura Forest and Environment Minister Mever Kumar Jamatia have expressed grave concern over the rapid monkey population decrease in the forests of the State. He said these animals are facing a crisis of existence mainly because of uncontrolled deforestation.
He said we are lucky in one sense as the State has 70 percent forest cover while it is only five percent in States like Rajasthan and urged the people not to neglect this gift of nature or destroy it for narrow interests. He was addressing a workshop on the role of the media in preserving bio-diversity organized by the Tripura Rubber Plantation Corporation.
Citing international concern over the problem of global warming, he said the water level in the oceans is increasing and the island like Sri Lanka and the Maldives are facing a serious threat while countries like India and Bangladesh are also not absolved of it.
Coming back to the State, he expressed concern over the practice of shifting cultivation by a section of the society which is affecting the forest cover and causing harm to the environment. The minister stressed the need for creating awareness among the people.
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