Farmers across 23 districts in Tamil Nadu will plant 1.16 lakh saplings on their farmlands to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
They will plant high-value timber species such as teak, rosewood, sandalwood and mahogany in approximately 285 acres of land.
A minimum of 400 saplings and a maximum of 10,000 are expected to be planted by individual farmers across 50 locations including in Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchy, and Thanjavur among other districts.
The sapling plantation drive is being organized by volunteers of Cauvery Calling, a movement launched by Sadhguru, Founder-Isha Foundation, last year to revitalize river Cauvery.
After Sadhguru’s motorcycle rally last year to consolidate ground support and concerted action for the movement, farmers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have adopted tree-based agriculture with enthusiasm.
Nearly 84 lakh saplings have been planted in private farmlands in the two states in the first planting season since the launch of Cauvery Calling last year, according to a statement from the Isha Foundation.