From the President’s Desk

The rich legacy of BAIF is strewn with historical events, messages from the Founder of BAIF and celebration of various important national and international events. We bring before our esteemed visitors, our journey in Rural Development and our plans of commemorating important events scheduled this year with wholehearted participation of the rural community.

June 5, 2021

‘We may adopt modern technologies from the west, but we should never overlook the pragmatic approach adopted in ancient times to restore the eco-system”.

Dr. Manibhai Desai

Celebration of World Environment Day at BAIF

Environmental protection has always been the main agenda of BAIF while fighting the war against rural poverty. Following the pattern of earlier years, this year too, World Environment Day, a very important day in the calendar of BAIF, will be observed throughout its operational areas in 12 states, by organising various programmes on environmental security and sustainability on the chosen global theme “Ecosystem Restoration”. A solemn pledge to continue the journey of conservation of natural resources and prevention of ecosystem degradation, will mark the day apart from making dedicated effort to encourage afforestation, prevent environmental pollution and create awareness among the general public who also include the future generations of the country while fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. 29 years ago, the “Green Cross” was launched by BAIF as its commitment to Environmental Protection and Conservation of Forests. The saga continues.

Native Forest with Native Trees

Miyawaki Forest at BAIF Central Research Station at Urulikanchan

Miyawaki is the name of the Japanese scientist, who recreated the Native Forest with Native Trees model. It implies dense plantation as seen in natural forest. The Miyawaki model accelerates the growth of trees and establishes the natural forest within 2-3 years. The natural ecosystem is in-built in the dense forest. The benefits of this model forest are improved microclimate, soil fertility development, water holding capacity and increase in the habitat for birds, insects and soil microorganisms.