Department of Sundarban Affairs
In January 1994, a new Department viz. Sundarban Affairs was created to give an impetus to the development efforts in the Sundarban region and Sundarban Development Board has been placed under the Department. Sundarban Affairs Department implements developmental activities through Sundarban Development Board. The department promotes social, economic and cultural advancement of people residing in the Sundarban areas of the districts of North & South 24 Parganas, co-ordinates development schemes and projects in the area, provides infrastructural facilities through improvement of rural communication, water resources, preservation of ecological balance, provides facilities for the development of the agriculture including minor irrigation and drainage system and allied matters.....
Sundarban Davelopment Board (SDB) has a small fisheries project portfolio, looked after by the Fishery Division and manned by one Deputy Project Director, one Junior Project officer, one Investigator and one Peon, supported by three Branch offices and 27 nos. Groth centers. SDB began implementation of an AFAD-financed multisectional project in the 1980s, which included a polyculture component for shrimp and brackishwater finfish farming at Jharkhali (erstwhile Charkhali Colony) under Basanti Block. The project was...More
The effective area of agricultural land in Sundarban is 3,15,500 ha. Typically the soils are deep fine textured, heavily structured and slow draining. Nearly 62% of total cultivable land of this region is low lying and suffers from elevated salinity during dry season, from intrusion of saline water, capillary action, and increasingly acid sulphate build up. Soil drainage is generally inadequate and deep water stagnation occurs in monsoon season. At present nearing 25% of the ...More
Mangrove / Forestry
Social Forestry is widely defined as the afforestation activity with the involvement of the society and the people. In the Indian context, it also depicts greening initiatives outside the traditional forest areas. Thus, Social Forestry by and large, is the growing of trees and forests by the people and for the people. Accordingly, this inculcates a dimension of livelihood generation and catering to the peoples’ day to day requirements, in return for their participatio...More