Meet Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng who will make Mexico greener


GUWAHATI: Another recognition to Jadav Payeng, the Forest Man of India who has single-handedly grown and nurtured a forest. Payeng who hails from Jorhat district in Assam will embark on a mission to make Mexico greener. He has been invited to Mexico to replenish its forests.

In December last year, Jadav Payeng signed an agreement with an NGO named Fundacion Azteca, to collaborate on environmental projects in Mexico which aims to plant 7 million trees in the North American country.

Padma Shri awardee Payeng earned his name as ‘The Forest Man of India’ by planting around 40 million trees to create a real man-made forest by changing a barren sandbar of the Brahmaputra, covering an area of 550 hectares of land. The man spent 30 years of his life to create the forest known as ‘Molai Kathoni’.

The forest is a home to tigers, elephant herds, deer, rabbits and a wide diversity of native and migratory species and thousands of trees.

Congratulating Payeng for his new mission, Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted, “I extend my heartiest congratulations to extraordinary environmental activist from Assam, Padmashri Jadav Payeng for being invited by Mexico to replenish its forests.”