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Can edible fruit bearing trees in barren land and along side road make a difference to common man ? Can Govt. think it may safely avoid hunger death and malnutrition by this simple method ?

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Asked by prabhat kumar kumar, 31 Mar '08 09:28 pm
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Dear Prabhatji, First of all why such trees should be grown along side road. Govt should take appropriate decision where to grow such trees which will be beneficial to mankind and take proper care and if possible distribute such bearing fruits to subsidised rate to the needy people. Tke care regards cyrus
Answered by cyrus irani, 01 Apr '08 03:53 pm

 
  
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Actually this was one of the edicts of the great Indian emperor Ashoka.

"State resources were used for useful public works like the importation and cultivation of medical herbs, the building of rest houses, the digging of wells at regular intervals along main roads and the planting of fruit and shade trees. To ensure that these reforms and projects were carried out, Asoka made himself more accessible to his subjects by going on frequent inspection tours and he expected his district officers to follow his example."

src: http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/ashoka.html
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 01 Apr '08 05:46 pm

 
  
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I have seen Date Palm trees planted along the roads in a neat row in the Middle East. I saw no one plucking the Dates though you are free to do so. I do not think the authorities there plant them to avoid hunger, death or malnutrition. As every one knows that through out history Date Palm Tree was always a revered symbol for the Middle East societies.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 01 Apr '08 06:25 am

 
  
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YES it can make a difference no doubt. However the larger difference would come if the fruits from the tree are managed and developed economically via agroprocessing and allied industries and the returns from the same are invested in food crops which forms the staple diet for millions in our country.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 01 Apr '08 12:36 am

 
  
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Good Idea.. Ashoka the Great and Sher Shah Suri had done that.. but the way the population has gone up and the way hooligans outnumber gentlemen ..how long do you think these fruit trees will last?
Answered by joyoti sen, 31 Mar '08 09:46 pm

 
  
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The fruits will not reach common man but will be taken away by strong men and sold.
Answered by Venkateswaraswamy Swarna, 02 Apr '08 09:30 am

 
  
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The point is - trees will bear fruits if well tended to but do you really think the fruits will go to the common man. A govt which cannot even ensure that PDS food grains reach the intended target population, would it be able to achieve anything by this. You are aware of the fact that, 70% of the food grains meant for PDS ration shops are getting pilfered. and where it reaches the places by accident, it is so unfit for consumption that even the poor opt to buy it from the mkt. That is the tragedy of India. Even the state of WB cannot ensure this, though they make the max noise about Govt subisidises to the poor. Go into the interiors of Bengal and you will be astounded by the stark poverty staring at it. Nothing much has changed even in a place like Naxalbari, the birth place of Naxalism even after 40 yrs.

If you really look at it, the problem is not really lack of food grains. Millions of tons of foodgrains are stored in FCI godowns. But the infrastructure is so bad that a lot of ...more
Answered by Omega, 31 Mar '08 11:33 pm

 
  
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An excellent thought. I have always thought when I see people growing trees which do not bear fruits, that what would have happened if people grow fruit bearing trees instead. At least some one will remember us while eating its fruits. Probably it is better to grow trees (any) rather than not grow at all.
Kings in the olden days used to grow trees on the sides of roads, which even now people use them. Government must encourage this simple method.
Another suggestion would be make all school children grow trees in their neighbourhood under the supervision of teachers. Schools, teachers and students who does this should be awarded some incentives. Practicality of this has to be seen though.
Answered by Kasargod shenoy, 31 Mar '08 10:38 pm

 
  
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Good thinking indeed ...i agree
Answered by himanshu sharma, 01 Apr '08 07:24 pm

 
  
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Million dollar question this...idea is very nice though.
Answered by devender dahiya, 01 Apr '08 07:40 am

 
  
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