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Conquest of lantana

 

 

kutki, a little millet, from her 2.8 hectare (ha) field this November. “This is the first crop I have sown on the land in more than two decades,” recalls the 55-year-old resident of Manikpur Raiyat village in the tribal district of Mandla, Madhya Pradesh. The land was taken over by lantana (Lantana camara), one of the 10 worst invasive species in the world, and was lying fallow all these years. “I could not even access the five mahua trees (Madhuca longifolia) on my field until we started clearing the weed three years ago,” she says. With lantana rooted out, Marawi could collect 250 kg of mahua flowers this summer, which she sold for Rs 8,750 in the local market. “So far, I had to make my ends meet with the 0.8 ha farm that remains unspoiled by the weed. My income will now treble with earnings from the reclaimed land,” Marawi says. She has, however, not let down her guard and promptly uproots any sapling of lantana that she spots on her field or in nearby areas.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/forests/conquest-of-lantana-93453