Saturday, December 17, 2011

Junagadh Agricultural University – Panch Divas no International Training Programme

The Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) has organized a five-day 'International Training Programme on Co-operative Management'.

In Junagadh city, 9 South African (SA) participants have been receiving training on cooperative management at here.

JAU vice-chancellor N C Patel said that, “this training programme is part of the implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between JAU and University of Venda, SA, signed on December, 2010.”

"This is first such international training programme being organized by the university in the state. During the next five years, various training programmes will be conducted on co-operative management. Participants from local municipality, University of Venda and officials of agriculture department from SA have come for training,''

Makhavhu NT, (local economy development) agriculture manager, Vhembe district municipality, South Africa,

"In SA, there is only 12 per cent co-operative is success, while in India most of the co-operatives are successful, especially from Gujarat. We would like to learn the secrets of the success of co-operatives for rural upliftment and benefit of farmers.''

"The participants will be taken to field visits to places like Majewadi village milk co-operative; Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Gondal, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, Anand, and AMUL Anand.''

Participants were also told about Krishi Mahotsav, which is being organized every year by state government.

"The officials are specifically interested about how to implement success model of co-operative in SA and bring the change in livelihood of people over there.''

Monday, December 12, 2011

Junagadh Museums

Let history catch up with you as you find yourself in the midst of a late 19th century 'darbar', resplendent with its grandeur as Nawab Rasoolkhanji III, his Vazir and his PA discuss state matters.

Actully There are total 4 types of museums in Junagadh Gujarat India.

Yes - Ayurvedic Museum, Science Museum, Darbar Hall Museum, Wild Museum

At very first want to talk about third one from above.

It opens from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm every day except Wednesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, houses prehistoric stone

and bone implements, 9th-century stone carvings and many bronzes, manuscripts, silverwork, glass crafts, woodcarvings, textiles and other

items from the history of the area.

It exhibits the era of the Babis of Junagadh, with lavish furniture, thrones, textiles, arms, portraits and photographs from the period.

Entry: Rs. 2/- for Indians and Rs. 50/- for foreigners.
The Museum charges Rs. 2/- per photograph (if you wish to take photographs).
Mobiles are to be switched off during your visit.

Apart from this, you can also find,

The tombs of the Babi Nawabs, including the first Nawab of Junagadh, who made the princely state independent from the Mughals in 1748,

have interesting designs, and though somewhat poorly maintained, are still worth seeing.

The Maqbaras from later in the Babi period, built over the grave of Nawab Mahabat Khan II.

The awe-inspiring architecture mixes Moorish, Hindu and European influences with an exquisite eye for detail.

The Maqbaras are not to be missed.

At 9th June 2003, a hi-tech sound-and-light show being planned at the Darbar Hall Museum, housed in the royal court of the erstwhile Babi rulers here, is all set to take visitors on a rare walk down memory lane — transporting them to a world of maharajas and their splendour.

Currently I am feeling really very unlucky because could not attend this Historical Event.

And thing I want to share that, after visiting Darbar Museum, If you are hungry then just walk few meters in "Janta Chowk" or ask to any local person near to "Darbar Hall", you will great source of "Sev Puri", "Danhi Puri", "Pani Puri", "Dhosa" with different varities, Idli Sambhar,

"Bhel", "Bhaji Pav" - all are really delicious dishes with very affordable prices.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Junagadh Agricultural University - plan Cattle Breeding Farm at Amreli

Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) is planning to set up a Bull Mother Farm to upgrade the Gir breed of cow and Jafrabadi breed of buffalo at Pratappura village in Amreli district which will rear high pedigree bulls and will supply doses of their semen across the Gujarat state and India.

Gujarat State Agriculture Minister Dilip Sanghani laid the foundation stone of the farm before few days ago.

The farm is expected to be operational within a year.

The project is under the state government.

The farm will come up on 30 hectares of land. The total project outlay is Rs 17.94 crore.

As per Latest Dr PU Gajbhiye Interviews, who is Reseach Scientist at Cattle Breeding Farm of JAU in Junagadh City said that,

“We will raise 200 cows and buffaloes each at the farm. High pedigree bulls will be identified from these herds and their semen doses will be supplied to cattle breeders and dairy farmers of the region for artificial insemination (AI).”

“Ideally, a bull can serve maximum three females per week. However, 1,000 doses of semen can be prepared AI from one-time semen fliching from a bull. This will help raise a high pedigree of milch animals.”

Both the breeds, native to Saurashtra region, are high yielding.

“A Gir cow yields seven to eight lit res of milk every day and the fat content is 4.5 per cent. On the other hand, a Jafrabadi buffalo gives eight to nine liters milk per day and the fat content is as high as 10 per cent to 12 per cent"

As per Latest Dr AJ Kachhia Interviews, who is director of state animal husbandry department said that, “The aim of the farm is to upgrade the two breeds by way of rearing high pedigree bulls and meet the demand for their semen in Gujarat and other states like Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh etc.”

Minister Sanghani also said in a release on Wednesday that farmers and dairymen of the region would get benefit from the farm as milk productivity of their animal would go up with the upgradation in the breed.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sasan Gir National Park – Tourists mateni Kathiyavad ni Mehmangati

Aaj na Aadhunik Jamana pan Sasan Gir National Park mate aavta Tourists Loko ae “Saurashtra ni Mehmangati” na Vakhan karya chche.

At this Diwali 2011, Keeping the tradition of hospitality alive in modern times, villagers around the famous Asiatic Lion Sanctuary in Gir, recently hosted the tourists.

The tourist influx into the Gir National Park Junagadh Saurashtra and Sanctuary was so much that local hotels and guest houses all were fully booked, leaving many visitors stranded.

The villagers of the area came to the rescue of the tourists due to insufficient facilities in the Gir National Park and Sanctuary.

The day after Diwali being the Gujarati New Year and the next day being Bhai Dooj followed by Saturday, Sunday and Sardar Patel’s birthday on Monday has given people nearly a week-long holiday.

Those who could not afford the expensive locations in Kerala or Andamans or foreign sites generally settled for nearby destinations like Gir which can be clubbed with a visit to the ancient Somnath Temple.

Thus the tourist inflow into Gir was so much this time that the villagers had to step in to accommodate the extra rush of people, Mango Orchard owner Natwarsinh told The Pioneer from Talala in Gir region.

The villagers around Sasan, the headquarters of the Gir sanctuary area, quickly made arrangements for the tourists and also cooked for them at nominal charges, added Natwarsinh. The room rents charged ranged from `750 to `1,000, at par with the average low cost hotels.

Sensing the high inflow of tourists, the regular hotels made a fast buck by hiking their tariffs, said a local social worker Allahrakha Khan. One prominent hotel had hiked its rate from `3,000 to `30,000 per night and still visitors not getting the rooms, he added.

Such a rise in the popularity of Gir as a tourist destination can be attributed to superstar Amitabh Bachchan endorsing it in the “Khushboo Gujarat Ki” advertisement series, said Allahrakha.

President Pratibha Patil’s visit to Gir few months’ back and the media reports about the rise in the Asiatic lion population to a record 411 have also contributed to increased people’s interest, he surmised. But hotel rooms have not increased proportionate to the rise in tourist inflow resulting in such a situation, lamented the social worker.

Some low budget tourists had spent the night at bus stations in places like Veraval, Somnath, Una and Junagadh, only to return home by the next available service at day-break, said Natwarsinh.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Girnar Parikrama 2011 – Junagadh City ma Tyari Chalu Thai Gai Chche

All we Gujaratis especially “Kathiyavadi” already know about Girnar Parikrama 2011 – From 6th November onwards.

So Junagadh district authorities have made adequate arrangmets for the famous "Lili Parikrama" (Green walk) around Girnar Parvat
Nearly 30 lakh people from various parts of the country are expected to take part in the five-day long walk across the 36 km long route.

As per Latest B K Srimali Interviews who is Junagadh range IG, said that, 800 policemen would be deployed along the route.

While nearly 100 personnel from the forest department would also be put on duty as the route is passing through the forest and the forest guards would keep close track of wild animals.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation would press over 150 buses in service.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Junagadh Saurashtra – Kathiyavadi Ghoda na conservation Vishe

Genetists at Anand Agricultural University are helping the Government of Gujarat promote breeding of the State's indigenous “Kathiyavadi” horse among private horse owners.

As per Professor D.N. Rank Interviews, who is Professor of Animal Genetics at the Veterinary College at Anand Agricultural University, “Any indigenous breed is declared by the Central government to be endangered if its numbers fall below 10,000; and the Kathiyavadi horse from Gujarat falls in this category.”

“Horses are becoming quite a craze among the neo rich who are now visiting animal fairs like the annual one at Pushkar.”

The wealthy, who own farmhouses, now come from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra to attend animal fairs in the western region looking for horses to buy, he said.

Fifty years ago, the horse was used as a utility animal. Ownership of horses was also a tradition among the princely families, and a good many of the horses owned were Kathiyavadi.

Currently, the demand among the newly rich is for thoroughbreds (the kind used as race horses) and not indigenous breeds like the Kathiyavadi or Marwari which are not that tall.

“We are trying to popularize ownership of the Kathiyavadi to encourage conservation of the breed. We cannot force people to keep them, but we can only create awareness,” said Prof. Rank. The objective is to get the Kathiyavadi to exist in good numbers across the region so that the breed can be preserved, he said.

Earlier this year, there was an indigenous horse fair conducted by the Anand Agricultural University which fetched a fairly good response, with 400 Kathiawari and Marwari horses being part of the show, said Prof. Rank. Some of the horses owned by the Gujarat police department are of the indigenous variety too, he said. The Kathiawari horse costs between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh, while a pure stallion fetches as much as Rs 5 lakh.

In Gujarat, there are three horse shows supported by the State Government. The Animal Husbandry Department has three horse breeding farms — at Junagadh, Kodinar and Inaj — where the Kathiawari is bred and stallions made available, said Prof Rank.

The Government encourages owners of Kathiawari mares to bring them to the farms to get them impregnated.

Private owners of Kathiawari stallions are charging as much as Rs 25,000 for successful impregnation of a mare, said Prof. Rank.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sasan Gir Earthquake Epicenter – Bhukamp na Mota pachchi 57 thi vadhare NANA Aanchaka

After few days ago, quake of 5.3 magnitudes jolted the Whole especially with Gujarat stateJunagadh District and Saurashtra Region.

But after that, Junagadh Jilla Villages experienced as many as 57 aftershocks till Saturday.

As per Latest Seismologist Interviews, they said that, this was part of the many aftershocks of the 2001 earthquake.

Senior scientists at Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), Gandhinagar, are monitoring the seismic activity in Sasan in Junagadh and Kutch.

"Our team is working in Sasan as part of the investigations. We have installed four instruments within 20 km area of the epicenter."
Aftershocks of very low magnitude are occurring as the seismic activity in the area is decaying.

"So in order to register even the minute activity, we have installed such instruments close to the epicenter."

"It is nothing but an aftershock of the 2001 earthquake. Several such aftershocks have occurred in the same area earlier too."

As per Latest Junagadh District Collector AM Parmar Interviews, he said that,"We have started the survey in affected areas. This is likely to be over in the next 4 to 5 days. Many people whose houses were damaged are living in their farms.”

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Junagadh Jilla Samachar – Diwali Jode Bhukamp na Aanchaka

At Thursday, Ladudi village in Maliya Hatina taluka of Junagadh was the worst affected by Night Earthquake, which measured 5.3 on the Richter scale.

Around 45 to 50 houses were damaged as their walls collapsed. Some 15 villagers were injured, but no death has been reported.

Talala Town Junagadh District has six injured had to be hospitalized.

They are - Babu Bambhaniya (22), Lakha Bharda (30), Gandabhai Jorda (45), Manjuben Jora (42), Maniben Jora (35) and Januben Makwana (60).

The tremors were felt across other Saurashtra Region like Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Amreli and Porbandar.

As per Ladudi villagers interviews, they said that, they ran helter-skelter in panic after the earthquake.

They spent the whole night outside their homes.Fortunately, no one died.

The government should declare compensation for those whose houses were destroyed as most of them are poor and daily wager labourers.

We live close to the Gir sanctuary and the danger of lions is ever present.

Most villagers were asleep when the quake struck at 10.48 pm.

It took them three or four seconds to realize what was happening.

About 25 people have been injured in various incidences in Junagadh district.

The moment the earth started trembling, people panicked and jumped from the building and came running from their houses.

According to disaster management officials, a 15-year-old girl Shivani Mahendrabhai, a resident of Khambha village in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh, jumped from her home.

She panicked and jumped from the house after the earthquake.She fractured her back and legs.
Two people were also injured as a wall collapsed near Chitravad village in Talala.

In yet another wall collapse, two people were injured in Khorasa village in Maliya-Hatina taluka.

According to officials, Nanduben Sevra (45) and her son Dhaval (12) were sleeping in their home when the quake struck and a wall of their house collapsed, injuring both of them.

People across Junagadh district had a sleepless night. In many villages, power cuts compounded their problems. According to sources in Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (PGVCL), power failure was reported in Talala, Veraval, Hakolvadi, Jasadha, Moraj among other villages.
However, power was restored by early morning.

Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi, visited the quake hit areas of Malia-Hati and Talala talukas in Junagadh district most hit by Thursday's earthquake.

He met the injured persons in the hospital, wished them a speedy recovery and ordered a survey of the extent of the damage.

Modi also visited Lahudi, Jalandhar and other villages in the afternoon.

He further directed the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) staff to reach the areas with maximum damage and provide all possible rescue and relief assistance.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Junagadh City District Earthquake News – AP Center was near to Vanthli Village

As per Indian Met Department, the epicenter of the quake of moderate intensity, which shook the state at around 10:48 pm, was 20 kilometers south east of Sasan Gir near the Vanthli town in the Junagadh district.

The epicenter of the earthquake which registered 5.3 on Richter scale was at Junagadh in Gujarat...tremors were felt here.

The quake was felt for 25 seconds in Junagadh and people rushed out of their homes in panic.
The tremor was felt in several other parts of the state including Ahmedabad.

Gujarat was rocked by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on January 26, 2001 leaving 20,000 people dead and causing widespread destruction with the worst-affected being the Kutch region.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Junagadh Saurashtra News – Season Vagar no Varshad

Saurashtra region farmers are worried a lot for the last three days as unseasonal rain continued to lash parts of the region.

According to district flood control room officials, it rained sporadically in Bhavnagar, Amreli and Junagadh districts.

According to Junagadh district flood control room officials, few days ago, Manavadar topped the list with 25 mm rainfall within an hour.

Trees and electric polls fell due to stormy wind with rain. Two domestic animals were killed due to lightning in Junagadh district on Tuesday evening.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Asiatic Lion Sancturies India – Sasan Gir National Park gets 60% bonus tourists this Diwali vacation

Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan charm continued to work for the forest department at Gir Wildlife Sanctuary (GWS), the only abode to Asiatic lions in the world.

At least 60 % more tourists are booked at this sanctuary for Diwali vacations, compared to last year.

The sanctuary will open on Sunday after a three-month break for monsoon, which also coincides with the mating season for the beasts.

According to officials at GWS, the tourist flow has increased drastically as compared to the last year.

The conducive environment and the facilities provided by the department has turned out to be a major aspect attracting the tourist, officials said.

Even the Gateway hotel at Sasan Gir is completely booked, weeks after it opened.

As per Latest Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh, R L Meena Interviews, told to media that, “After the poaching incidents, which surfaced in 2007, we have taken several measures to change the entire perspective about Gir. The staff has been changed totally and about 400 of them are new recruits and that makes a lot of difference.

The old staff had been working as typical forest department staff whereas it needed something more than that because it was all about attracting more tourists.”

“Not only that, the local tourist guides have gained a lot of confidence in explaining about wildlife to the tourists.”

“There is no doubt that his presence has made direct impact on the tourist flow. After all, he is a superstar and people do acknowledge him.”

During 2009-10, a total of 2,06,563 persons visited the sanctuary and Devaliya Safari Park.
During 2010-11, 2,71,745 persons visited GWS and Devaliya Safari Park.

“There is an increase of 65,182 tourists in the financial year 2010-11 in comparison to 2009-10, which shows 31.55% increase in the tourist flow. During the current financial year, 1,08,996 persons have visited the sanctuary and Devaliya Safari Park. The sanctuary remained closed for tourists from June 16 to October 1.”

The tourism campaign has also benefitted the private hospitality sector, with the first large foray into the area booked full for the Diwali season.

The newly opened Gateway hotel at Sasan Gir — a part of the Taj hospitality chain with 28 rooms and a regular jeep safaris — has already been booked to capacity for the Diwali holiday season.

“We are completely sold out. It’s a mix (of foreign and domestic tourists), but a lot of domestic.”

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Junagadh Municipal Corporation Website Launcing Event 2011

Today – At 24th September 2011, Junagadh Municipal Corporation official website launching event held with present of JMC Commissioner Miss Vipra Bhal(I.A.S.), Mayor Captain Shree Satishbhai R. Virda and Deputy Mayor Girishbhai Kotecha.

Lots of facilities available online for citizenes from Junagadh City District like,

(1) JMC Introduction, Administrative Wing Details, Elected Wing, Ward wise list of corporators

(2) Junagadh City Municipal Corporation Departments details like Engineering, Health, Water works, Street Lights, Revenue and Transport Branch

(3) Other Services Details like Amusement, City Bus and Tax Collection Zonal Office

(4) Online E-Services like Complaints, Tenders,Recruitment, Press Release and Property Tax Calculation

(5) You can also downloads Forms, Acts, Brochures and B.P.L. List

I like most “Junagadh City Map” and “Photo Gallery”, which are really helpful many Tourists from out of Junagadh District or Gujarat or India.

Friday, September 23, 2011

BJP MLA Mahendra Mashru Congress Councillor fast together for civic amenities in Junagadh City

To highlight civic problems, a Congress councillor ward number 4 Manjula Parsana began a fast on Tuesday against the Junagadh Municipal Corporation, which is ruled by her own party.

On Wednesday, Junagadh BJP MLA Mahendra Mashru, joined her for some time at the fast venue near the JMC, saying it was for greater public good.

As per Manjula Parsana Interviews, she said that, “Joshipura underpass, which is the only link for 1.5 lakh people living in several societies of wards 4,5 and 2, has been badly flooded. Despite several representations to JMC authorities, no action has been taken.’’

“It may appear against my own party, but I represent my voters first. They wanted me to do something, and so I sat on fast.”

On Wednesday evening, both Mashru and Parsana were scheduled to meet JMC commissioner together to press the matter.

Mahendra Mashru said that, “It is not about who is fasting. It is about why she is fasting.”

“I joined her because in the end, it is about public at large.”

“Parsana had invited me.”

She had asked other Congress councillors to support her, but they didn’t turn up.“However, the BJP MLA voluntarily joined in.”

Deputy Mayor Girish Kotecha said it was “sheer politics’’.

Asked about the waterlogging problem at Joshipura underpass, he said, “This and many such projects have been hanging fire as the BJP-ruled state government has not been releasing required funds.”

Monday, September 12, 2011

Junagadh Ganesh Utsav Celebration 2011 - 200 kg Maha Laddu for Ganeshji

Really this one is “Amazing and Unforgettable Moments for Whole Junagadh City”.

People will remember, “200 kgs Maha Laddu for Lord Ganesh at this year celebration for many years.”

In above video clip, you can see HUGE SIZE OF LADDU created and well decorated.

Ganpati Bappa Morya

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Hero Dev Patel Junagadh Visit 2011

Just 20 years old the winner of 2009 Academy Award Slumdog Millionaire Movie Actor Dev Patel visited Junagadh City with his mother Anita Patel before few months ago, meet to media persons at hotel in this Historical City and said that he was dismayed when he went to Dharavi slum for the shooting of the film.

He is basically from Gujarat, so we can say him “Gujju Person”. He also said that,

“The aim of portraying the dire poverty of India in his Oscar-winning movie was not to show the country in poor light. Instead, the intertwining theme of the Hollywood movie was optimism and to leave people thinking over what can potentially spring out of seemingly such a hopeless situation.”

“My first impression was how depressed the residents of the locality are! There was nothing but hardships and inconvenience there. However, I was amazed by their unity and cheerfulness in the hell of adversity”

“There is a vast pool of talent in India and the West is acknowledging it now.”

He has come to India with the hope that he will be able to help people here.

Later in the day, He and his mother visited Gir National Park Sanctuary and watched lions.

He also visited historical places like Narsinh Mehta Choro (residence), Uparkot, and Darbar Museum.

Both these Mother and Son have been invited for the visit by Junagadh-based Dr DP Chikhalia who is a friend of Dev’s father.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Junagadh Diamond Cutting Business - polishing centers to become tech savvy

Like the world's biggest diamond cutting and polishing centre in Surat City, small diamond cutting and polishing centers across the state are all set to become tech savvy.

Soon, small players in these diamond centers would get an opportunity to increase their productivity and quality of work by using hi-tech technology in diamond cutting and jewellery making.

Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has proposed a project under the central government's ASIDE scheme for setting up common facility centers to provide direct access to hi-tech machines and equipment and training to diamantaires in Gujarat State other cities like Ugamedi, Satalasana, Palitana, Banaskantha, Palanpur-Deesa, Mahuva, Khambhat, Jasdan, Mehsana, Visnagar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Ahmedabad City.

A proposal for Rs 40 crore projects for setting up common facility centers in Gujarat and centers of excellence in Surat and Navsari has been submitted to Central Government for approval under the Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) scheme.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Junagadh District police stations - CCTV cameras in Saurashtra

Rajkot District police have installed high resolution closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, which also have night vision capability, in all the police stations under their jurisdiction to keep an eye on the officials and also the accused in the lock ups.

As per Latest Interviews who is Superintendent of police Premvir SinghRajkot rural said that, “The CCTV cameras have been installed in all the 21 police stations in the district.

"There are three CCTV cameras in a police station -- at the offices of police inspector (PI) and police station officer (PSO) and the lock-up."

"This will facilitate remote base monitoring system in each police station helping even the PSO and the PI to keep an eye on the accused."

The CCTV cameras at the police stations are connected to the DSP's office.

These will help the SP to monitor the happenings in each police station in the district.

"The basic idea is not distrust of the police officials, but to ensure they behave nicely with complainants and maintain discipline always. Past experiences suggest that this has helped a lot in improving discipline among the officials.''

"There have been many complaints about police officers' reluctance to lodge first information reports (FIRs) and also allegations of misbehavior against them. The CCTV cameras to a great extent will solve this issue and will be helpful to the police officers as well as the common people."

"We will cover all the police stations in Jamnagar and Surendranagar in a phased manner. The project is being implemented on public-private partnership (PPP) model.''

"CCTV cameras will be also installed on main entry points, major traffic junctions, vital installations, markets and crowded places in the towns of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surendranagar districts.''

As of now, the CCTV cameras are installed at the police stations in Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Porbandar districts in Junagadh Police range.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Junagadh City in Progress - 2nd ultra mega power plant to come up

The Central Electricity Commission has zeroed in on 400 hectares of land at Lodhva village in Kodinar taluka of Junagadh district to set up its 4000-MW second Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) at a cost of Rs 24,000 crore.

The process of site selection for the second UMPP had been going on for the last two years. The state government had suggested various locations in Junagadh, Porbandar and Kutch after which the central government finalized the Lodhava village site.

As per Latest D Jagdeesh Pandian Interviews, who is principal secretary at the state’s Energy and Petrochemical department, said that “We suggested various locations to the CEA. After their technical evaluation, they have chosen Lodhva village site. The location is most convenient for importing coal for the UMPP. Proximity to sea will also help in getting water for coal-washing etc.”

“Generated power will also be transmitted through grids in Gujarat. The state will get 40% of the generated power while the rest will be allocated to other states. The central government is in process of inviting bids for the project. We hope to see considerable progress shortly.”

“The first phase of 1600-MW Mundra UMPP is almost ready and likely to be commissioned shortly.”

Tata Power had bagged the first UMPP project at Mundra in Gujarat.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Girnar Mountain Ropeway Project - still not starting because another clearance pending

Junagadh City Girnar Parvat project was cleared by central Environment and Forest ministry in last February, but basic works of building the ropeway have yet not started because the company Usha Breco is now waiting for one more clearance – the last of all clearances – from the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) formed by the Supreme Court of India.

It’s expecting clearance for its proposal to build Girnar ropeway in three months time.

This clearance is must for starting construction activity in sanctuary area.

If someone goes to appeal against the ropeway project, the clearance process may delay.

It was in the background of the tremendous pressure on forests and the unsustainable removals and the real threat of massive destruction of wildlife habitat that the Supreme Court of India intervened and constituted Central Empowered Committee on May 9th, 2002.

The CEC presently comprises of the following six members:

Mr. P. V. Jayakrishanan, Chairman
Mr. M.K. Jiwrajka, Member
Mr. Mahendra Vyas, Member
Mr. M.K. Muthoo, Member
Mr. S.K. Patnaik, Member
Mr. P.J. Dilip Kumar, DGF & SS, Member

Friday, July 29, 2011

Talala Gir Kesar Keri Mangoes – get Geographical Indication for GI Registry Chennai

Geographical Indication's Registry in Chennai gave geographical indication (GI) tag to Talala Sasan Gir Kesar Mangoes and Bhalia wheat from Gujarat.

Junagadh Agriculture University and Gujarat Agro Industries had applied for the tag on behalf of Junagadh farmers.

The new status would help prevent sale of ordinary Kesar mangoes, grown mostly in Junagadh and Amreli districts, as Gir Kesar.

The entire area around the Gir sanctuary would be home to this variety and only those grown in this area would be known as Gir Kesar.

Mangoes from other parts of the state would be called Kesar though.

The taste of Kesar Keri from the Gir area was different from the varieties grown elsewhere.
The fine ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh under the Geographical Indication of Goods (registration and protection) Act, 1999.

Bhalia is a long grain of wheat grown without irrigation for centuries in the Bhal region of Gujarat.

The wheat has high protein content and has a sweet taste.

Bhal region is spread across Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad districts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Asiatic Lions News 2011 – Vadodara Surat City get pure breed of them

As earlier I talked with my one of the best online friend and she is really Wildlife Lover, said that, Vadodara City Zoo which considered among the oldest in the country will for the first time be home to a pair of pure-breed Asiatic Lions. The three lions in the zoo are crossbreeds and there is not a single lioness.

With the Central Zoo Authority now giving a green signal to house the big cats, a team from Vadodara Municipal Corporation Zoo will soon head for Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh to take possession of the lion pair.

As per Latest Zoo In-charge C B Patel Interviews, he said that,

“We were contemplating on getting a pair of lions because one of the three lions has grown old and it is not advisable to keep him for public display. Talks were on with Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh and we have been allowed to take possession of a pair of Asiatic lions.”

Among the three lions in Vadodara Zoo, two were procured from Chandigarh while one was born in the zoo.

“The significance of getting this pair is that we will for the first time have a genuine Asiatic lion. All the three lions are crossbreeds, including the one which has grown old. Now we will be able to go for captive breeding of Asiatic lions. We are waiting for the rains. A low temperature is important for the transit of the big cats.”

Sakkarbaug Zoo Junagadh City Saurashtra Kathiyavad will also supply a pure breed Asiatic lion to Surat Zoo. The only lion in Surat Zoo is a crossbreed.

As per Latest Zoo Prafful Mehta Interviews, he said that,Our proposal has reached Sakkarbaug Zoo officials and the final nod from CZA is awaited. For long we have been demanding an Asiatic lion and if everything goes well we will soon get one in the near future.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Asiatic Lions Wildlife Gujarat - policy a roaring success

Gujarat is Animal friendly state in India.

While the number of any particular animal might have grown in some State or other, Gujarat is probably the only State where the populations of as many as four big wild animals have gone up.

While the rise in population of the Asiatic Lions in Sasan Gir, its last natural habitat, is well-known, the numbers of three other big animals, too, have grown in Gujarat during the past few years.

Apart from the Asiatic lions in Gir, the big wild animals whose populations in Gujarat have grown are leopards, wild ass and sloth bear.

The increase of Asiatic lions in Gir to 411 in 2010 from 359 in 2005 was well publicized, but around the same time, the State’s leopard count, too, rose to 1,160 from 1,070 in 2006 and the number of wild ass in the Little Rann of Kutch went up from 3,800 to 4,038 in 2009.

The sloth bear population, found mostly in the eastern tribal belt of the State, grew to 293 in 2011 compared to 270 in 2006.

As per Latest Pradeep Khanna Interviews who is Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) said that, “While the number of one particular animal might have grown in some State or other, Gujarat is probably the only State where the population of as many as four big wild animals have gone up.”

“People in Gujarat have a lot of respect for wildlife.”

Khanna attributed the phenomenon mainly to the “animal-friendly nature of the people and the local culture in Gujarat”.

He also cited the State’s conservation efforts and the “dedication of the Forest department field staff” for the flourishing wildlife population.

Though the growing number of wild animals raises the possibility of man-animal conflicts, Khanna said that there are ways to tackle such problems.

When the growing number of Asiatic lions started to stray out of the designated Gir National Park, the State Government quickly decided to notify new adjoining areas as sanctuaries.

Thus, Mitiyala and Girnar areas were notified as new sanctuaries in 2004 and 2008 respectively to accommodate the growing number of the big cats.

The rise in the number of wild ass in the Little Rann of Kutch led to these animals straying into fields with standing crops. “People had to be convinced not to poison them.

Similarly, cattle-lifting by lions led to confrontations with villagers.

“The compensation paid in such cases has been much less than the actual price of cattle killed. Villagers want more, but are tolerant enough not to harm the lions.”

The number of sloth bears is growing in the sanctuary areas of Surpaneswar (Narmada district), Jambugodha (Vadodara), Ratanmahal (Dahod), Balaram and Jessore (Banaskantha), primarily because these areas have been left unaffected by urbanization. “Good forest areas have not been diverted for industrial use.”

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Saurashtra Rainfall News - has got only 6% rainfall till now

5th July 2011, Tuesday - It rained in parts Districts of Saurashtra, including Rajkot, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Amreli and Bhavnagar.

Saurashtra region has received only 6.13 per cent of its average annual rainfall till July 5 according to the disaster management authority which is not enough to begin agricultural operations in the region.

Junagadh Districts and Porbandar Districts have received good rainfall in comparison with other districts.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at few places in all the districts of Saurashtra region, Diu and isolated places in Kutch district.

Weather officials said rainfall activity would increase in the next two days.

The worst-hit districts are Bhavnagar and Surendranagar, which hardly received 11 mm rainfall till date in this season.

According to flood control room officials, on Wednesday, major rainfall was reported in Vanthali (22 mm), Savarkundla(12 mm), Visavadar (7 mm), Amreli (3 mm), Junagadh (3 mm). On Tuesday evening, the first showers lashed Rajkot city and 20 mm rainfall was recorded.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Junagadh Agriculture University vice Chancellor Interview about Crops Life with Rains

Rains give new lease of life to crops in Saurashtra region
As monsoons made their presence felt in Saurashtra this week, the farmers of the region were one happy lot as this rain has saved their crops.

Though bit delayed, the recent rainfall in the region has given a new lease of life to the groundnut and cotton crop.

During the last two days, Rajkot, Porbandar and Amreli districts of Saurashtra region witnessed rainfall and the meteorology department has predicted heavy rainfall in the coming two days across the region as well.

As per Latest Junagadh Agriculture University vice Chancellor N C Patel Interviews, he said that, "Rainfall is crucial for both the groundnut and cotton crop. If the rains had delayed further, it would have hit these two crops severely."

"The rains that were witnessed in the last two days have saved the early sowing of crops. But we need substantial rainfall for further sowing."

The sowing process will take some more time as these rains are not enough for new sowing.
As per the data provided by the district agriculture department, the sowing area is still below expectation. The total area of groundnut covered is 4, 64,860 hectares this year in and SaurashtraKutch, which is only 30 percent of the last year's total of 1, 5, 75, 819 hectares.

Similarly in cotton so far 3,20089 hectares sowing has been done which was 17,60,238 hectares last year and just 18 percent area has been covered in cotton in Saurashtra region.

Former President of Solvent extractors association of India (SEA) said that, "More Govindbhai Patelrainfall will definitely prove conducive for the sowing process. As the weather changes and the possibility of rain increases, sowing activity will increase in many parts of Saurashtra."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gujarat Tourism India - increase of 1 lakh tourists and Rs 1 crore incomes in a year

Sasan Gir National Park has witnessed a huge increase in number of travelers in recent months.

Amitabh Bachchan’s hugely publicized ads for Gujarat have been beneficial to the state in many ways, from which Gir seems to be benefiting the most.

According to the figures between June 2009 to May 2010 Gir National Park and Gir interpretation center of Devalia both were visited by 5166 foreign tourists and 200800 Indian tourists; which is a total of 205966 tourists.

From which the Gir interpretation center had 213 foreign and 134005 domestic tourists while the Gir Sanctuary had 4953 foreign and 66795 domestic tourists.

But this year the number has increased by 98,861 tourists.

According to forest department officials in Sasan Gir; 239 foreign tourists and 1, 70,350 domestic tourists, totally 1, 70,589 tourists have visited Gir interpretation center and 6061 foreign tourists and 1, 28,177 domestic tourists, totally 1, 34,238 tourists had visited Gir Sanctuary between June 2010 and May 2011.

Last year Gir Interpretation center made an income of Rs 1, 20, 46,155; whereas Gir sanctuary made Rs 87, 20,000. In total the forest department made an income of Rs 2, 16, 66,840.

While this year with 98,861 more tourists, Gir sanctuary has made Rs 1, 66, 49,950; whereas Gir Sanctuary made Rs 1, 56, 91,726. In total the forest department made an income of Rs 3, 23, 41,676 which is Rs 1, 06, 74,836 more than previous year.

Apart from that the hotels and other hospitality resources near the National Park are benefiting from the increase in the number of tourists. Take an example of local car operators.

While one Gipsy car driver was getting 70-80 tourist trips of Gir sanctuary in 2009-10, in year 2010-11 the same driver got 120-150 trips.

But the real hospitality the tourists will never forget is the one offered by the small farm owners in the villages nearby, the tourists feasted on delicious Kathiyavadi Food like Bajra No Rotlo, Kadhi, Khichdi and Olo.

The Lion King has not only blessed the forest department but also the small scale cottage industry and numerous individuals who depend on them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sasan Gir National Park - 836 crore assistance for Lions

For the Unique Ring Road to surround Sasan Gir Sanctuary and Gir National Park which will help in minimizing the man-animal clash and human activity in the region and for Lion conservation, Gujarat State Government has demanded Rs.836.17 crore central assistance from the Government of India.

The Gujarat State Government in a formal communication wrote to the Ministry of Forest & Environment (MOEF) that, As per 2010 estimation Greater Gir area had about 411 Asiatic Lions.

The only home of Asiatic Lion – Sasan Gir - needs to be intensively protected and managed with all out efforts in conservation of them.

In spite of successful conservation efforts over last four decades registering sustained increasing population trend the Asiatic Lion is still critically endangered on account of its total population being only about 411.

Therefore the long-term attention for conservation of Asiatic Lion is required.

In the recent times poaching of large cats for international market has imposed a serious threat to lions also.

“The Government of Gujarat is taking utmost possible steps. Considering the need for additional resources and contribution of Government of India, the Government of Gujarat has submitted a proposal of “THE LONG TERM CONSERVATION OF ASIATIC LIONS IN BRHUHAD GIR.”

The project cost was Rs.262.36 Crore with Government of India’s share Rs.236.17 Crores and Government of Gujarat share of Rs. 26.19 Crore.

The cost included the cost of relocation and rehabilitation of resident people and Gir Maldharis.

The proposal includes strengthening protection, habitat development, and wild life health care and mitigating man-wild animal conflict situation, use of modern technology, eco development works, public awareness, eco tourism, wrote the state Government to the MOEF.

The MOEF has provided only Rs.120.46 lakh as financial and technical assistance to the State Government for protection and conservation of Asiatic Lions in Gir forest in last four years.
Gir National Park and sanctuary area is 1412.13 Sq. Km.

Six State Highways and some minor roads pass through the Sanctuary and used by the local people.

Existing Highways passing though the sanctuary affect movement of animals and Forest cover, increase Wildlife mortality with the volume of traffic and increase possibility of poaching. To reduce this traffic a project of “Garland/Ring road” around Gir forest has been proposed.

The State Government wrote to the MOEF that, “The proposed garland/ring road is estimated to be a length of 269 Km. The estimated cost of project is about Rs.600.00 Crores.

The said project has been duly recommended by State Board of Wild life and is sent to Union Government on 2-06-2009 for consideration.

The ring road proposed 14 over passes and 16 under passes on specific migratory path locations for safe passages to wild life while crossing Highways and immunize the protected area from traffic playing through human interference.’’

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sasan Gir National Park – Closed doors on tourists this monsoon

As I read before few days ago, Sasan Gir National Park - located at Sasan in Junagadh district, is only home to pure Asiatic lions and attracts a large number of Indian as well as foreign tourists closed for tourists during the monsoon season owing to the breeding of wild cats and conservation efforts being undertaken at the sanctuary.

As per online Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary Divisional Forest Officer Sandeep Kumar Interviews, he said that, “Its (Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) closing is being done to provide some privacy to wild animals like lions, leopards and birds like peacocks etc during their mating season as the four months of monsoon period are considered the best for their breeding season.”

“Since we supervise the conservation efforts, we want to prevent any disturbance in the conservation activities, which could also be caused by the tourists. So we close the sanctuary,” Kumar said, adding that the park would be closed from June 16 and will reopen only in October after the monsoon season is over.

As per the 2010 census, the total number of lions in Gir sanctuary has risen to 411 from 359 in 2005. With a total area of 1,412 sq km (about 258 sq km for the national park and 1153 sq km for the sanctuary), the park is considered as safe haven for the lions and other species.

“It is also a natural habitat for leopards and antelopes like sambar, spotted deer, blue bull, black buck, and wild boar, jackal, hyena, langoors, porcupine, bear and crocodiles and over 250 species of birds.”

The officer also added that the roads in the park are kachcha and get damaged during monsoon. They need to be repaired before allowing tourists to visit (the park) after its closure period is over, he said.

“Not only that we have to monitor the movement of wild animals during rains and in case of heavy rain in the area, we have to chalk out a rescue plan and taking them to safer places.”

In addition, if big cats fall sick, we have to make arrangements for their treatment and that is why the closure of the park during monsoon season is required.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Girnar Mountain Ropeway - rehabilitate jobless Doliwalahs

The Girnar Mountain Ropeway Project will rehabilitate several people who were earning a living by ferrying devotees to the pilgrim centers on palanquin.

These 70 people will be out of job after the ropeway comes from Bhavnath Taleti to Ambaji temple.

As per Latest S K Nanda Interviews, who is Principal Secretary of Forest and environment, said that, When the project was designed in September 1995, it was found that the life span of these Doliwalahs was not more than 50 years, owing to the laborious task of carrying pilgrims up the 2.3 km stretch which had some 5,000 stairs.

“This job was adversely affecting these 70 people who ferried people on a palanquin.”

"Some would be given shops at the Bhavnath Taleti or at the Ambaji temple for snacks, flowers and other offerings for the temple. Some of them will also be employed as cabin operators by the company which will set up the project."

Forest officials said when the project was finalized, there were 95 such Doliwalahs.

However, their number has dwindled and as per the last reports, there were not more than 70 Doliwalahs who were still in the business.

They added that some might even continue in the business only for the weak and disabled pilgrims who want to visit the Jain temples.

The ropeway will be a straight alignment from Bhavnath Taleti and will end at Ambaji Temple.

However, for those wanting to visit the
Jain temples, they will have to go down nearly 2,000 steps from the ropeway station.

Officials said, as per an estimate of 100 devotees only 30 visit Jain temple while the rest only visit Ambaji temple.

Girnar Ropeway Project - design will be made in Austria

After finally getting the Centre's nod, the Girnar Mountain Ropeway Project is going global. With the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) giving a green signal to the original plan, the ropeway project will now be designed in the European country Austria.

While Usha Breco Limited(UBL) will be handling the construction of Girnar Parvat Ropeway, its technical partner company Doppelmayr will be designing the project.

Marred by a series of controversies, the project had been stalled for the past 16 years due to environment concerns. Now after all kind of clearances from the government, construction work on the project will take off in next six months.

About 38 cabins will play on the rope which can carry 1000 people per hour. As per Latest Deepak Kaplish Interviews, who is project incharge, Usha Breco Limited said that, "Design of the Girnar ropeway will be made in Austria and it will be one of India's state of-the-art works of design. We will send our engineer to Austria and discuss the location and undertake the paperwork of ropeway design."

The Girnar Parvat Ropeway project will cost about Rs 100 crore and will be completed in two and half years after the work on the ropeway building begins. This means that Saurashtra and Gujarat will have to wait at least three more years before the project commissions.

Usha Breco Limited (UBL) was established in the year 1969 as a joint venture between Usha Martin Industries Limited, India then the largest wire rope manufacturers in Asia and now the second largest in the world and British Ropeway Engineering Co. Ltd. (BRECO), U.K.

Meanwhile, Doppelmayr Group has production facilities and sales and service locations in over 33 countries of the world and has built more than 14,100 installations in over 83 countries till date. Doppelmayr Italia GmbH was awarded the contract for the construction of the new ropeway on the Mont Blanc.

This is the biggest order so far for the South Tyrolean Company which has its headquarters in Lana.
The total order value is of EUR 105 million and now the group will provide its service to the Girnar ropeway as well.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kesar Mangoes Keri Talala Junagadh District - કેસર કેરીની સિઝન માત્ર એક મહિનો જ ચાલશે

One of the world wide favorite and King of fruits Kesar Keri Mangoes from Talala Town Junagadh District

Junagadh District Agricultural News for Kesar Mangoes 2011

ગયા વર્ષની સિઝનમાં ૧૫ લાખ બોકસ કેરીની આવક હતી જે ચાલુ વર્ષે ૪ થી ૫ લાખ થવાની સંભાવના.

સૌરાષ્ટ્રના મહત્ત્વના કેસર કેરીના ઊત્પાદક પ્રદેશો જેવા કે તલાલા, વંથલી, મદરડા અને ઉનામાં પ્રતિકૂળ હવામાનના કારણે આંબા પર મોર બેસવાની પ્રક્રિયા મોડી થઇ હતી.

તલાલા એગ્રીકલ્ચરલ પ્રોડ્યૂસ માર્કેટ કમિટિએ મહિનાના પ્રથમ અઠવાડિયામાં કેસર કેરીની હરાજી શરૂ કરશે. તે સાથે જ કેસર કેરીનો પુરવઠો વધવાની શકયતા છે. આ વર્ષે પ્રતિકૂળ હવામાન અને બ્લોસમ મિજ જેવી ઈયળના ઊપદ્રવના કારણે કેરીના ઊત્પાદનમાં ૭૫ ટકા જેટલો ધડાકો થવાની સંભાવના વ્યકત કરાઇ છે ત્યારે વેપારીઓ માને છે કે મોડી શરૂ થયેલી કેરીની સિઝન એક મહિનો જ ચાલશે.

સામાન્ય રીતે કેરીના ઊત્પાદનમાં સૌરાષ્ટ્રના પ્રદેશમાં નવેમ્બર-ડિસેમ્બર માસમાં આંબા પર મોર બેસવાની શરૂઆત થાય છે પરંતુ આ વર્ષે જાન્યુઆરી મહિનામાં ફલાવરગ શરૂ થયું હતું. જેના કારણે સિઝનની શરૂઆત મે મહિના સુધી ખચાઇ છે.

આંબા પર મોર આવ્યા બાદ ફળ પાકવામાં મુશ્કેલી જોવા મળી હતી અને તેના કારણે ઊત્પાદનમાં ઘટાડો થયો છે. ગયા વર્ષે તલાલા એપીએમસીએ ૬ એપ્રિલના રોજ કેસર કેરીની હરાજી શરૂ કરી હતી અને ત્રણ મહિના લાંબી સિઝનમાં ૧૫ લાખ બોકસ મેળવ્યા હતા.

આ વર્ષે કેસર કેરીના ઊત્પાદનમાં ૭૦ થી ૭૫ ટકા ઘટાડો થશે અને મોડી શરૂ થઇ રહેલી કેરીની સિઝન એક માસ જેટલી જ ચાલશે.

છેલ્લા ત્રણ વર્ષમાં કેરીના ઊત્પાદન સામે ચાલુ વર્ષે કેરીનું ઊત્પાદન સૌથી ઓછું રહેશે. ૨૦૦૯ની સિઝનમાં ૬.૨૫ લાખ જેટલા બોકસ ૧૦ કિલો વજનવાળાની આવક મેળવી હતી. જયારે ગયા વર્ષે ૧૫ લાખ બોકસ આવક હતી. જયારે ચાલુ વર્ષે ૪ થી ૫ લાખ બોકસ કેરીની આવક એપીએમસી માર્કેટમાં થવાની સંભાવના છે.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Girnar Ropeway Project – Gets Green Signal

When the union ministry of environment and forest gave the final go-ahead for the Girnar Ropeway Project Especially for Junagadh City District and Gujarat Tourism, despite one of the main pre-conditions - that of re-aligning the towers to avoid the vultures' breeding sites — not being altered by the state government, the forest officials in Gujarat heaved a sigh of relief.

As per Latest Environment Forest Principal Secretary SK Nanda Interviews, he said that, it is not feasible to re-align the route, but the other pre-conditions will be met.

He also said that, "A monitoring committee will be set up to supervise the progress of the work. In a unique initiative, cameras will be installed in the top and middle station to understand what time the birds move around in different seasons and the trolleys will be rescheduled accordingly."

The project has been in the pipeline for nearly 15 years now, but it gained momentum in the last three years as the number of pilgrims to the holy Girnar Shrine on the top of the hill increased.
Naturalists in the region claim the site, where the ropeway is designed to come up, passes through the nesting sites of the extremely endangered 69 Girnari Geedh (vulture) nests.

Moreover, the Girnar reserve forest has been declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2008 and is home to around 25 Asiatic Lions, as per the census of 2010.

Both the political parties have been pitching for the ropeway and when the final announcement came on Monday afternoon, Congress immediately took the credit for it by circulating the news and issuing a press statement thanking the MoEF.

The work on the Ropeway is expected to start soon and it is expected to conclude in approximately a year's time.

Nanda added that a cess of Rs5 will be charged on the ticket which will be used for the conservation of the lions and vultures.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sasan Gir National Park Talala - હસક પ્રાણીઓના ખોરાકમાં નાધપાત્ર વધારો

Really Its good news for all Wildlife Lovers from All over the world which are already know the importance of Present of Asiatic Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Many more wild animals at Sasan Gir National Park and also on the Whole world.
By the way, Updates are like that,

સંખ્યા ગણતરી બાદ ગીર જંગલમાં ચિતલની સંખ્યા ૩૮૪૩૨, વાંદરાં ૮૮૩૭, સાબર ૨૪૧૦, જંગલી ભૂંડની સંખ્યા ૩૦૧૪ થઇ.

૨૬૭ ચોરસ કિલોમીટરના ઘેરાવામાં પથરાયેલા ગીરના જંગલનાં હસક પ્રાણીઓના ખોરાક સમા તાણાહારી પ્રાણીઓની સંખ્યામાં નાધપાત્ર વધારો થયો હોવાનું જણાવવામાં આવ્યું છે.

જંગલમાં વસવાટ કરતાં સહ-દીપડા સહિતનાં હસક વન્ય પ્રાણીઓના ખોરાક સમા તાણ ભક્ષી પ્રાણીઓની સંખ્યામાં વધારો થતાં તેમને હવે જંગલમાં જ પૂરતા પ્રમાણમાં આહાર ઊપલબ્ધ થઇ રહેશે તેવું તારણ છે. અત્રે ઊલ્લેખનીય છે કે તાજેતરમાં ગુજરાત રાજય વન વિભાગ દ્વારા ગીર જંગલમાં ૨૪ રૂટ નક્કી કરીને તાૃણ ભક્ષી
પ્રાણીઓની સંખ્યાની ગણતરી કરવામાં આવી હતી. ‘‘રોડ કાઊન્ટગ’’ પધ્ધતિથી આ ગણતરી કરવામાં આવી હતી. આ ગણતરી કરતાં વિવિધ તાણભક્ષી પ્રાણીઓમાં એકથી લઇ પાંચ ટકા સુધીનો વધારો જોવા મળ્યો હતો.

દર વર્ષે યોજાતી ગણતરીમાં બે તબક્કે ગણતરી કરવામાં આવે છે. પ્રાથમિક ગણતરી ફેબ્રુઆરીમાં અને આખરી ગણતરી મે માસમાં કરાતી હોય છે. તાજેતરની ગણતરી બાદ ગીરના જંગલમાં ચિતલની સંખ્યા વધીને ૩૮૪૩૨ થઇ છે. જયારે વાંદરાં, જંગલી ભૂંડ અને ચકારાની સંખ્યા અનુક્રમે ૮૮૩૭, ૩૦૧૪ અને ૩૧૨ની થઇ છે. સાબર ૨૪૧૦, નિલગાય ૧૪૦૧ અને ચૌશગાની સંખ્યા ૨૯૧ થઇ છે.

જયારે મોરની સંખ્યા વધીને ૧૯૬૩૫ થઇ છે. હસક પ્રાણીઓને જંગલમાં જ તાણ ભક્ષી પ્રાણીઓનો ખોરાક મળી રહેતાં તેઓએ ખોરાક માટે બહાર ભટકવું પડતું નથી. એમ વનવિભાગનાં સૂત્રોએ જણાવ્યું હતું.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Junagadh Police Training College - Raksha Shakti Horse Show 2011 with Kathiawadi Marwadi Breed

The Junagadh Police organized a KA-MA (Kathiawadi-Marwadi) Raksha Shakti Horse Show 2011 at Junagadh Police Training College grounds on April 2 & 3, in order to promote equestrian as a sports and provide a good platform for police horse breeders, including the Kathiawadi and Marwadi breed.

Kathiawadi horse show in Junagadh attracts thousands of enthusiasts.

About 150 participants with 45 police horses participated in the show. The show also had equestrian games like endurance race, one kilometer race, riding skills, show jumping, tent pegging.

As per Junagadh IGP Pravin Sinha Interviews, he said that, "Our motive is to promote sporting culture among masses and we want to continue with the glorious tradition of mounted police. Moreover, the show provided a platform for the various horse breeders to interact with each other and exhibit their animals."

As per Rajendrasinh Jadeja who is one of the participants and managers of the event, said in his interview that, "For invoking public interest in the equestrian sports, we simplified and translated the names of the games into local language. For example, the jig-jag race, barrel race and Bellard race were converted into 'garo levo', 'matki fod'."

The show was organized with the help of animal husbandry department of state government and Shri Gujarat KA-MA Ashwa Palak Sahkari Mandal Ltd Gondal.

The Best Kathiawadi Stallion award was given to Bahadursinh Gohil of Rajkot while the Best Kathiawadi Mare was won by Shiva Stud Farm. Kishorsinh T Jadeja's mare was adjudged the Best Marwadi Breed Stallion and Parbat Maru's mare won the prize of Best Marwadi Mare.

Eighty-year-old Ata Giga won the award of Best Horse Rider whereas the barrel race was won by Prakash Natha. Aala Arjan Naghera won first prize for 'Reval Chaal'. Mounted police also presented their chivalrous acts with all royal decor and discipline.

Acharya Ghanshyamji of Bhuvaneshwari peeth who is also chairman of KA-MA Horse Breeders Association said the government should plan a breeding policy and dedicated officers must be entrusted with the responsibility to conserve and breed these horses.

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