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Thanks to greenery, Ladakh breathes easy

The rest of the world may be suffering due to the effects of global warming, but Ladakh is reaping the benefits of the plantation drive launched by the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research.

Oxygen content in the air has gone up by 50% in this around 12,000 feet high altitude desert due the abundance of poplar and willow trees, wheat cultivation, horticulture and greenhouses. These have also brought in rain for the first time.

Earlier Ladakh used to depend on Chandigarh for its supply of vegetables. Now, 58% of the requirement is met locally. With the help of scientists and local farmers, 13 types of apples have been produced and there are plans to undertake organised plantation of vitamin rich Seabuckthorn, Leh Berry, that grows wildly.

Plan a trip. The days of gasping for breath there are over.


BK Chowla said...

As the tourism develops in Ladhak,local produce is bound to increase.If there are incentives,any one would want to take a dig at some effort.In any case,in such a clean place,it shoul be able to take care of essentials locally.slowly.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Let us hope that happens.

Happy Kitten said...

this is inspiring!

Vinod_Sharma said...

Indeed it is.

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