IJMTES – NEED AND IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION OF PALMYRA PALM, THE STATE TREE OF TAMIL NADU

Journal Title : International Journal of Modern Trends in Engineering and Science

Paper Title : NEED AND IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION OF PALMYRA PALM, THE STATE TREE OF TAMIL NADU

Author’s Name : M Alagurajunnamed

Volume 04 Issue 03 2017

ISSN no:  2348-3121

Page no: 62-63

Abstract – Palm trees or Palmyra are one of the oldest and naturally occurring vegetation of Tamil Nadu. It can withstand drought and grow strong. The people adored this tree and called it ‘Karpakatharu’ (a wish tree). India has the highest number of Palmyra (85.9 million) in the world and out of this 60% are in Tamil Nadu (51 million). In 1978, the Palmyra was honored as the geographical representation of the state of Tamil Nadu. Palmyra trees are being destroyed like never before. When fertile agricultural lands or sand dunes are being traded by land sharks and real estate brokers, the majestically standing Palmyra trees in these parcels of land are also sacrificed. We are witnessing the tragedy of the Palmyra trees being cut to be used as fuel for brick kilns. When we are facing heating of the earth and depletion of ground water resources, we must pay attention to one of our hopes, bestowed by nature – the palm trees. The benefits we derive from them are not less in any way to what we get from other trees. Hence there is an urgent need for its conservation is required.

KeywordsPalmyra Palm, Conservation, Ground Water, Climate

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